A FRAUDSTER who embarked upon a crime spree three days after being released from prison has been jailed again.

Dale Simpson, from Latchford, broke into parked cars and stole goods from inside – including bank cards which he used to place bets and pay for a Netflix subscription.

The 30-year-old was handed 16 weeks behind bars on Wednesday, October 7, after admitted seven counts of fraud, three of theft and one charge of interfering with a motor vehicle.

Simpson, of Clarke Avenue, had been released from a 12-week stretch for theft and a string of frauds three days before committing his latest offences on Sunday, September 20.

He targeted two vehicles on Coleport Close in Latchford – stealing a purse, a wallet, two pairs of Beats headphones worth £320 and an iPhone from inside.

A Bluetooth speaker was also pinched from a Range Rover parked on Wellfield Street in Whitecross.

The serial offender then used bank cards he had taken to make payments totally £120 at the Betfred on Reynolds Street in Latchford and to pay for his £11.99 subscription to Netflix.

Simpson was identified on CCTV and handed himself in at a police station on October 7.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay a £128 victim surcharge after he was brought before the court the same day.

This was the defendant’s third imprisonment for similar offences this year alone, while he was handed another three jail sentences in 2019.

Police constable Leanne Horne, who led Cheshire Police’s investigation into the incident, said: “Having your possessions stolen by a thief is deeply upsetting.

“To help combat this type of crime, I urge vehicle owners to be vigilant and to take steps to reduce their chances of becoming victims.

“I also urge residents to report any suspicious activity to the police to further aid our ongoing battle against vehicle crime.”