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Burglar who targeted Sittingbourne home jailed

Daniel Brunger has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison Credit: Kent Police

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.

"Brunger tried to paint himself as a Good Samaritan who witnessed this crime taking place and tried to intervene. However, he began getting tangled up in his own lies and eventually admitted that he had attempted to steal money from this victim's card in order to pay for some drugs. His selfish actions left his victim distressed and feeling unsafe in her own home. While I welcome the news he will be spending time behind bars, I would appeal to members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police. We have specially trained officers dedicated to tackling burglary and information from local communities can provide valuable leads."

– Investigating officer, DC Richard Allingham of Kent Police

Jail for burglar caught hiding behind wheelie bin

Jason Higgins was jailed for a number of burglaries Credit: Kent Police

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."

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Chatham burglar jailed

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.

Whilst we do not encourage residents to approach anyone who could be engaged in criminal activity, we would like to thank members of the public for their vigilance, which in this instance has led to a conviction and taken another burglar of our streets. Don’t assume if you are in a garden, or working outside that your home is safe. It takes seconds for an intruder to break into a house, but by taking just a few steps, such as making sure gates and windows are secure, residents can reduce the risk of crime, as well as the chances of being a victim of crime."

– Detective Inspector Mike Worrall

Burglars break into pensioner's home

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."

Violent burglar jailed for 4 years

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.

To be burgled is upsetting enough, but to catch the offender in the act, and then be assaulted is a terrible thing to happen to someone. Fortunately, Hedgeley met his match in the homeowner, who bravely overpowered him and detained him until officers arrived to arrest him. This was a nasty incident and it is very pleased to see Hedgeley being sent to prison."

– Neil Buckle, Detective Constable at Kent Police

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Woman, 96, duped by burglars

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.