Burglar from Dover village who ran towards police with stolen items spilling from his pockets is jailed

Contributed by editor on May 14, 2017 - 04:45 PM


A burglar who ran towards police with stolen items spilling from his pockets has been jailed for 40 months.



Farley Matcham, 45, of Siberts Close, Shepherdswell, was arrested on the morning of Wednesday 22 March 2017 after breaking into a property in Goodnestone, near Dover.

Officers were already in the area and were confronted by Matcham being chased down the driveway by the victim, who had caught him inside her bedroom.

Following his arrest he was searched and found to have various documents in his possession that did not belong to him, including passports and a driving licence. A quantity of heroin was also discovered at his home address.

The officers also searched Matcham’s car and found a passport linked to an address in Barfrestone, near Dover, that had been burgled the same morning.

It was established that Matcham had tried to enter a third property, also in Barfrestone, but set one foot inside before being chased away by the occupant.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and possession of heroin when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 11 May 2017, and was sentenced the same day.

Investigating officer PC Kirsty Gee said: ‘Burglary has a devastating impact on victims but Farley Matcham gave no thought for anyone but himself when he went on his door-to-door crime spree.

‘He is unfortunately well known to police and appears incapable of earning an honest living. Instead he tries to take things that do not belong to him, and will now serve a significant period of time in prison as a result.’

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