Maidstone burglar revealed name to victim before getting caught
A prolific burglar who targeted a house in Sutton Valence in Maidstone but gave away his name has been sent back to jail.
Residents at a property on Sutton Valence Hill were at home when they heard a noise coming from one of the bedrooms, in August last year.
They were confronted inside the premises by Lee Cuthbert who was on probation.
He was wearing flip-flops and was shirtless.
He said he had knocked on the door a few times and was looking for work.
Cuthbert had entered the house holding a bottle of whisky and quickly gave his name and address to the victim before leaving.
Investigators from Maidstone CID confirmed the residents had not sought to employ anyone for work at their house.
It was apparent Cuthbert had given his name in a hasty effort to sound plausible, when unexpectedly meeting the victims inside their own home.
The 44-year-old from Maidstone was arrested and later charged with burglary.
He pleaded not guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and was convicted after a three-day trial.
He was sentenced to three years in prison.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Chris Welham, said: ‘This criminal failed to abide by the conditions of his probation licence and went on to burgle another house.
"These prolific offenders target victims without a thought for the impact their crimes will have and they deserve some time in prison.