Thief takes prescription drugs he stole from Tonbridge pharmacy

Contributed by editor on Mar 26, 2020 - 10:30 AM

A thief who burgled a Tonbridge pharmacy in order to steal and consume prescription drugs has been jailed.

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Kerry Hollens used his foot to smash a window of the York Parade business before heading to the dispensing area and selecting medicines including diazepam and zopiclone.


The break-in happened at around 11.35pm on 20 January 2020, when Hollens also opened and damaged the till.

Officers who attended reviewed CCTV at the scene and recognised him as the suspect. He was located hours later, in an intoxicated state in Whitelake Road, Tonbridge and still in possession of boxes of diazepam.


Hollens told officers he had overdosed and was passed into the care of medical staff. He later admitted to police he had made up claims of an overdose in order to get to hospital and have a cigarette.

The 36-year-old, of no fixed address was charged with burglary and with breaching a criminal behaviour order (by being under the influence of controlled drugs in a public place). He pleaded guilty and on Wednesday 18 March was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to 14 months’ imprisonment.

Tonbridge Chief Inspector, Pete Steenhuis said: ‘Hollens has a lengthy history of crime and substance abuse and it is clear he broke into this premises with the sole intention of stealing quantities of prescription drugs for his own consumption.


'He is a prolific and repeat offender who poses a substantial risk not only to businesses, but to himself and the wider community.


'Prison is currently the best place for him, where hopefully he can get the necessary treatment and rehabilitation to reduce the chances of him reoffending in the future.’

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