A man has been banned from visiting Buckingham town centre after he stole a wallet from a man using a cash machine.

Jack Pounder, 24, of no fixed abode, was ordered to pay an £80 fine and a £32 victim surcharge after pleading guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on April 12.

He was given a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after pleading guilty to seven counts of fraud and one count of theft with aggravated circumstances in a hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court on April 3.

He was banned from entering the town centre and from drinking alcohol in a public place unless in a licensed venue.

Despite this, officers found Pounder in North End Square eight days later on Thursday, April 11, breaching his CBO.

Pounder was arrested and appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court the following day.

Police said the fraud and theft charges relate to an incident on September 18, last year when Pounder loitered around a man in his 70s as he withdrew some cash from an ATM in Market Square and entered a shop.

When the victim left the shop, Pounder followed him to his van and stole his wallet from his shorts pocket and ran off.

Pounder then proceeded to use the victim’s cash and cards in multiple establishments.

He then dumped the wallet, which held prize possessions belonging to the victim, down a drain. Fortunately, the wallet was later recovered by the investigating officer and was returned to the victim.

Pounder was arrested on October 4 last year and was charged the following day.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Emily King, from the Aylesbury Vale Priority Crime Team, said: “I am pleased that Jack Pounder has been put before the courts and sentenced for breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order.

“This CBO should stop his offending and will prevent him from entering Buckingham and drinking alcohol in public.

“Should he breach the CBO conditions again, or commit any other offences, he will be brought back before the courts.

“Pounder was rightly given a CBO having meticulously targeted a vulnerable victim, and his prolific offending has had a detrimental impact to the community in Buckingham.

“I am pleased that Pounder was convicted of these despicable crimes targeting those most vulnerable in society.

“I would like to thank my colleagues, Detective Constable Daniel Page and PC Glen Crosland, for their instrumental support and involvement in this investigation.

 “The Problem Solving Team is working hard to support the Buckingham community and to stop offenders.”