A Tenby man committed 16 offences during a three-day spree of targeting vehicles in the town.

Curtis Lewis, of Knowling Mead, appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, January 14.

Lewis, 20, pleaded guilty to 16 offences, including criminal damage, theft from a vehicle and vehicle interference, which took place in Tenby on September 5, 8, and 11.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, told the court that Lewis pushed a motorcycle over, threw eggs at a building, broke into vehicles and stole various items.

“He went on what can only be described as a spree of going though cars, entering them, emptying glove compartments, and stealing anything of value.”

Mr Pritchard-Jones added: “It was obviously distressing for the people involved and he has done it to a lot of people in a short space of time.”

Jonathan Webb, defending, said Lewis had difficulty settling in Tenby after moving from the Gwent area.

“He was drinking heavily at the time, he says his actions were reckless and is remorseful.”

Mr Webb added that Lewis, who had not been in trouble before, planned to move back to Gwent and secure employment after the hearing.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order with a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Lewis was ordered to pay £2,492.17 compensation, £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

Magistrates warned Lewis that it could take him over five years to repay the entire sum and advised him to pay it back sooner once he started earning.