Thanet golden glove burglar jailed for more than five years

Contributed by editor on Jan 26, 2020 - 02:30 PM


A Thanet burglar has been jailed for over five years after he was caught with stolen jewellery hidden in his glove by officers moments after stealing it.

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When police on patrol in Minster, Thanet during the afternoon of 27 November 2019 stopped to speak to Richard Line by the railway platform, they realised he only had one glove and the second one was seen on the ground nearby.

The dropped glove contained gold jewellery and a watch was then found discarded close by.

Suspicious of the found items, the officers walked the main route through the village and in a bin near the public toilets, they recovered an iPad.

Through enquiries in the village, officers were able to identify two people pictured on the iPad’s screen and moments later the computer tablet had been returned to the victim who had just arrived home.

As the victim opened his front door, it was then discovered the property in Tothill Street had been burgled.

The watch and jewellery were identified as some of the items stolen during the burglary.

A small crowbar used as a tool to break into the house was found during a search of the area and enquiries with the store it had been bought from linked it back to Line.

Line, 53, and of no fixed address, was charged with one count of burglary which he admitted in court.

He was sentenced to five years and three months at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 24 January 2020.


Investigating officer PC Mike Kingwell said: ‘We think Line had seen officers patrolling the village and had scattered the stolen goods so he wasn’t found with anything incriminating. However, they merely acted like a trail of breadcrumbs to help link him to the burgled property and he was arrested within about an hour of carrying out the burglary.

‘Being a victim of burglary can be an anxious time, so we are pleased we were able to reunite the stolen goods to the victims so quickly.’

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