A burglar has been jailed for five years after being found hiding in a some woods carrying a leopard print suitcase which contained items he had stolen from addresses in Kent.

Thirty-seven year old Kawsor Ahmed who is homeless, was already a wanted burglary suspect when he was found and detained at Pier Road in Gillingham on the 25th April 2017.

An off-duty police officer had spotted him in The Strand in Gillingham earlier and reported the sighting to colleagues. Patrols were sent out to find Ahmed, and while looking for him in the wooded area near Pier Road they heard some rustling in the shrubs. Officers then saw Ahmed running away from them carrying the leopard print suitcase, which he then dropped. Following a chase on foot, Ahmed was arrested in Pier Road.

The suitcase contained identity cards from a property in Waterside Lane in Gillingham. The police went to the address and found that the rear patio doors had been smashed in for someone to get inside the building.

At the time of his arrest Ahmed was also wanted for a burglary in which a cash box and some coins were stolen from a shop in Gillingham High Street on 19th March; and he was the suspect in an attempted robbery at a pub in Garden Street where CCTV images showed a man using an axe and a hammer in attempt to gain entry.

Ahmed was sentenced to five years behind bars at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 24th May, having pleaded guilty to two burglaries and one attempted burglary.

"Kawsor Ahmed has shown he is incapable of living in society without being a persistent threat to members of the public.

Sergeant Adam Duke, Medway Community Safety Unit