A burglar went on a spending spree with stolen bank cards and stole alcohol from a restaurant and pub.

Nathan Higgins burgled two properties and fraudulently used stolen bank cards across Eastbourne.

Police received a report of a break-in at a property in Elms Avenue, Eastbourne, on December 26 last year in which a wallet containing two bank cards was stolen.

The victim had then been informed by their bank that the cards had been used across the town.

Higgins was captured on CCTV using the bank cards and later identified by a local police officer.

On January 2, police received a report of a burglary at La Piazza restaurant in Station Parade, Eastbourne. CCTV showed two people break into the premises and leave with multiple bottles of alcohol. The same officer identified Higgins in the footage.

The 25-year-old, of no fixed address, was arrested on January 3 in relation to both matters.

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While in custody, he was linked to a third offence in which cash and alcohol were reported stolen from the West Hill Tavern in Buckingham Place, Brighton, on December 12. Higgins was also identified in this CCTV footage and further arrested on suspicion of burglary.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of burglary and three counts of fraud by false representation.

At Brighton Magistrates' Court on January 4 he pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and three counts of fraud. He has been remanded into custody until his sentencing on February 26.