Thief stole more than £4,000 fuel from petrol stations hasbeen jailed

Aman Khan, 40, even returned for second helpings at some forecourts

A thief who stole more than £4,000-worth of fuel from petrolstations across Solihull and Birmingham has been jailed.

Aman Khan, 40, was convicted of more than 48 fuel thefts and was sentenced to three years and two months in prison.

He was in custody for an unrelated incident on September 6 when Pc Peter Hewer recognised him from CCTV he had been watching of a fuel theft in Shirley.

The thefts took place over the course of a year and Khan changed the vehicle and registration plates each time.

He even went back to some petrol stations more than once.

After his arrest, Khan denied he was the man in the CCTV footage. But he was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court on December 4.

PC Hewer, from the criminal investigation department of West Midlands Police, said: “This man had a total disregard for the law and I have no doubt he would still be carrying further thefts had he not been caught.

“It needs to be made clear that if you steal fuel, the consequences are very serious.

“People can be quite dismissive of fuel theft, believing it’s largely a victimless crime.

“However, these offences are often committed by people who’ve stolen number plates from other cars or even stolen vehicles so offenders have a negative impact on the wider community and tend to be linked to other criminality.”