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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."

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

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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

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.

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