Man sentenced over underwear theft
A 20-year-old man has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence after admitting to repeatedly stealing underwear from a woman's washing line.
Luke Wicker, 20, formerly of Whitby Close, Biggin Hill, south east London, stole the underwear from the victim's garden in Melody Road, Biggin Hill, during the early hours of the morning on four separate occasions between June 1 and 11.
He pleaded guilty to four counts of theft at Bromley Magistrates' Court in June, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
He was caught after the woman set up CCTV in her garden after noticing underwear she had hung out had gone missing.
When police went to Wicker's home they found 65 items of clothing hidden behind his bed, including 15 bras and 26 pairs of knickers, with many of the items belonging to her 13-year-old daughter.
Wicker, who now lives in a Sussex night shelter, was also given a 100-hour community sentence in addition to the prison sentence, which is to be suspended for 12 months.
He was also given a restraining order against the victim and ordered to pay her £250 compensation.