Thief ordered to stay out of Leicester city centre car parks
A thief with a 15-year criminal record has been ordered to stay out of car parks in Leicester city centre for three years.
Kevin Sidney Brown, who has racked up almost 50 convictions, faces jail if he enters any public or private car park in the Castle and Spinney Hills council wards between now and 2016.
Police obtained the criminal anti-social behaviour order (Crasbo) against the 36-year-old in an effort to limit his opportunities to steal from cars.
The three-year order has been triggered after he was released from his latest prison sentence for stealing from cars.
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Posters highlighting the terms of the order and including his photograph are now being placed in car parks in the two areas.
Police said Brown has 48 previous convictions, mostly for thefts. His criminal record dates back to 1998.
Brown has also been banned from both areas between 9pm and midnight for the next six months.
Officers said they could return to court to vary or widen the terms of the order if they uncover evidence of Smith targeting other areas.
Pc Horatio Wright, a city centre officer who put the application to the court, said: "Kevin Brown is a prolific offender who has targeted the city centre for some time, with a history of theft from unattended motor vehicles.
"As a team we worked hard to deter him from his usual offending habits, but unfortunately time after time he continued to cause our community harm.
"I now hope that Brown will understand the impact of what he has done and change his ways."
Motorist Chris Jackson, 48, from Aylestone said: "This sounds like a good idea to me.
"This man is obviously well known to the police, so they will be watching him wherever he goes.
"Having his photograph on posters will also help members of the public report him if he tries it on."
Brown has lived in Leicester and Lincolnshire.
His most recent address at a court hearing was given as the headquarters of homeless charity Nomad Trust, in Monks Road, Lincoln.
Councillor Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor with responsibility for community safety, said: "I would encourage people to work with the police to make sure that this order works and this man is stopped from causing misery for motorists.
"They should call the police if they see him breaching his order and the police will deal with him."
Sgt Nicola Preston, deputy commander of city centre police, said: "We need the public's support to help us enforce the conditions of Brown's Crasbo by letting us know if they believe he has broken his terms.
"Crasbos are designed to stop offenders returning to their old ways on release from prison.
"We are determined to try and stop his criminal behaviour."