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Burglar who targeted homes in Whitstable and Margate and stole trainers jailed for nearly two and a half years

Contributed by editor on Oct 10, 2014 - 05:30 PM

A burglar who targeted the porches of homes in Margate and Whitstable has been jailed for nearly two and a half years.


 



 

Jones may not have managed to steal anything of real value but his crimes will still have a real and lasting impact on his victims - Detective Sergeant Neil Watford.

 

Police have reported that Jack Jones rifled through coat pockets and stole a pair of trainers during two break-ins earlier this year.

On 14 March, Jones, aged 39 and of no fixed abode, was seen by an off-duty police officer acting suspiciously on a driveway in Warden Point Way, Whitstable.

 

When challenged, he claimed he wasn’t doing anything wrong and was just using his phone. However, Jones was later arrested after a pair of trainers taken from the porch was discovered nearby.


Jones was charged and granted court bail for the offence, during which time he tried to steal from another property.

 

At around 11.45pm, on 22 May, a woman was lying in bed at her home in Orchard Gardens, Margate when she heard the sound of her porch door slide open and then shut.

 

The victim went downstairs to investigate and saw Jones in the porch searching through coat pockets. She shouted at him that she was going to call the police and he then fled empty handed.


Jones was located and arrested shortly after, when he was found by officers hiding in a temporary building outside a nearby church.

Appearing at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 7 October Jones was jailed for a total of 29 months. He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.


Detective Sergeant Neil Watford said: ‘Jones may not have managed to steal anything of real value but his crimes will still have a real and lasting impact on his victims.


‘I’m extremely grateful for the vigilance shown by members of the public following the incident in Margate. We rely on people promptly reporting any suspicious behaviour to help us catch criminals and calls from residents on this occasion made sure we were able to find and arrest Jones very quickly.’


 

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