Sleeping burglar who stole from Folkestone house is jailed after he was found clutching stolen jewellery

Contributed by editor on Nov 09, 2018 - 05:49 PM


A thief has been jailed for seven years after he was found asleep on the sofa clutching jewellery he’d stolen during a burglary in Folkestone.

On Saturday 5 May 2018 Anthony Foord burgled a property in Sunningdale Avenue, Folkestone where he stole jewellery and cash.

Officers found his DNA on a bottle he'd left behind at the scene. They also received information to suggest Foord, 39, had been involved and was given access to a property in Folkestone that he was staying in on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Asleep on sofa

When police arrived at the property they found the thief, of no fixed address, asleep on the sofa holding a jewellery box close to his chest. He was surrounded by more than 180 other items including earrings, more jewellery boxes and watches.

Foord denied any involvement in the break-in and told officers he couldn’t explain where all the goods had come from. However a jury found him guilty of burglary at Canterbury Crown Court and he was sentenced on Thursday 8 November 2018.

Emotional damage

Investigating officer PC Bethany Gumley said: ‘Burglary can have such a detrimental impact on victims, often leaving them feeling devastated, afraid and anxious. If victims are lucky they’ll get their belongings back, but that will never heal the emotional damage caused by people like Foord.

‘Some of the jewellery we found belonged to the victims of this burglary, some of it we’re yet to find owners for.

‘Thankfully the court has given him a lengthy sentence where we hope he’ll take time to reflect on his actions and make better choices in the future.’

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