Sussex Police said officers were alerted to an alarm at Boots in London Road, Bognor Regis, at around 10pm on Tuesday, September 24.
On arrival, officers discovered forced entry had been gained to the front of the premises and an 'unknown quantity of toiletries', including perfume and aftershave had been stolen.
A spokesperson said: "A white Ford Transit was linked to the scene, and the vehicle was located using ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology on the M27 near Fareham.
"Colleagues from Hampshire Police took over the pursuit of the vehicle, which was reported to have been stolen, and it came to a stop in Honeysuckle Road, Southampton."
Justin Goulding, 41, of Grove Road in Portland, fled from the van but he was 'swiftly detained' by officers, police said.
A search of the van was conducted and, according to police, two large bags with nearly £40,000 worth of fragrances were discovered.
The spokesperson added: "Goulding appeared at Lewes Crown Court for sentencting on Monday, May 4, following an earlier guilty plea to burglary, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop.
"He was sentenced to a total of 70 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 46 months."
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