A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 15 months for committing a string of fraudulent bank card transactions.
Matthew Anthony Langley Sheldon, of Christchurch Road in Bournemouth was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on 20 September 2019 after admitting 11 charges of fraud by false representation at a previous hearing.
Between 19 December 2018 and 6 August 2019, Sheldon used a number of bank cards from 11 victims to complete fraudulent transactions in shops across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Ferndown. Officers obtained CCTV footage from each of the incidents as part of the investigation and identified Sheldon as the man using the bank cards.
In total, Sheldon stole approximately £1000 using fraudulent transactions.
Sheldon also pleaded guilty to theft from a motor vehicle and to an offence of possession of a controlled class B drug, assaulting or resisting a constable in the execution of their duty and theft from a motor vehicle.
At 4.56pm on 4 June 2019 it was reported that a Volkswagon Transporter was broken into on West Overcliff Drive in Bournemouth. A member of the public filmed the incident and Sheldon was again identified from the footage.
Police Constable Liam Moss, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team said: “Matthew Sheldon targeted numerous victims over a sustained period of time. “We will do all we can to bring prolific offenders like Sheldon before the court.” he added.