A burglar who broke into a woman's Sittingbourne home to steal her purse has been jailed.
Daniel Brunger, formerly of Woodberry Drive, Murston, was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on 11 September after pleading guilty to one count of burglary dwelling and theft.
The 27 year old also admitted one count of fraud after he was captured on CCTV trying to withdraw money using one of the cards in the purse. He was sentenced to nine months in prison for this offence, to run concurrently alongside the 18 month sentence.
His victim had woken at 5am on 7 June to find that someone had crept into her home in Murston Road, leaving muddy footprints throughout the living room.
She then realised her purse, which contained a number of bank cards, was missing from her handbag. When she contacted her bank to make them aware of the theft, they informed her that someone had tried and failed to withdraw £250 from a local shop.
Detectives from Kent Police's Swale burglary team attended and viewed CCTV at the shop, where they identified Brunger as the man attempting to withdraw the cash.
He was arrested the following day and interviewed in custody, where he at first denied the offence, saying he had witnessed the burglary taking place and tried to stop it.
However, a number of inconsistencies in his statement were pointed out by the interviewing officer and eventually Brunger conceded he had tried to withdraw the money to pay for drugs.
A 16 year old boy also charged in connection with this incident is due to appear at Medway Youth Court on 23 September.
A prolific thief who stole from cars and garages has been jailed for two years after he was caught hiding behind a wheelie bin.
Jason Higgins, 43, formerly of Ingram Close, Larkfield was caught after police found him hiding behind a bin following a burglary in Veles Road, Snodland, last year.
When officers searched his vehicle, they found more than 50 stolen items which linked him to other crimes, including an attempted burglary and a spate of thefts from motor vehicles.
Higgins denied the charges but was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court.
He was sentenced to a total of 24 months.
Detective Constable Raj Dusanjh said: "He has shown absolutely no remorse and has refused to take any responsibility for his crimes, but will now have time to reflect on his actions."
A man has been jailed for 16 months after a neighbour spotted him trying to flee a break-in in Chatham. Satnam Bal, formerly of Rochester Street, Chatham, had used a rock to smash a conservatory window of a property on 29 June.
He fled empty handed after the victim, who had been in a greenhouse in her back garden, approached the house to investigate the sound of breaking glass.
A vulnerable 98-year-old man was burgled in his home in Gillingham, Kent last week.
Antique items were stolen on Wednesday, August 7 while the victim, who is disabled, was attending a hospital appointment.
The break-in happened between 11.30am and 2.30pm and it is believed entry was gained through a rear door.
DC Sasha Monck said: "This break-in caused considerable distress to the victim who is also very vulnerable.
"The items stolen may not even be worth much money but they are of significant sentimental value."
A burglar who head-butted a homeowner after being confronted has been jailed for four years.
Daniel Hedgeley who is aged 20 and of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to burglary with violence.
At around 8.30pm on April 16, the owner of the house returned from the garden to find the back door open and a light on upstairs.
He went upstairs and challenged Hedgeley who then head-butted him and grabbed him by the throat.
Hedgeley was sentenced to four years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday June, 20.
A man from Kent who trapped an intruder trying to get into his home, has condemned the police for releasing the man without charge. Tim Ferris found the intruder in his porch and claims the police didn't turn up until half an hour later. David Johns reports
Detectives are hunting callous distraction burglars who took £300 from the purse of a 96-year-old woman.
Two men targeted the pensioner at Godshill in Hampshire on October 16.
One man knocked on the woman’s door to tell her branches from a tree on her property were a danger to overhead cables.
When the victim came out to see, it is believed another person entered the house and took the money from a purse in her bedroom.
The first man then returned to his van and drove away towards Fordingbridge, saying he had to see his boss. He did not return.
This man is described at 5ft tall, slim and thin-faced. He wore a knitted white jumper that was far too big for him.
A burglar from Kent's been jailed after his DNA was found on a cigarette. Michael Barnes, from Snodland, was sent down for 3½ years. The home-owners were not smokers at the last house he burgled, so when the butt was found there, Kent police had key evidence.