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A burglar who stole cigarettes worth thousands of pounds, after smashing his way into shops across Kent, has been jailed for more than two years. He and his accomplices were caught on CCTV. Tom Savvides interviews Detective Constable Alan Poulton.
Two burglars who stole thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes from a Kent newsagents have been sentenced today.
Stan Charlie Abbey, 29, of Priestfield Road in Gillingham and Ian David Thomas, 35, of Wordsworth Way in Dartford.
Three men smashed their way into the West Malling shop at 12.40am in a silver Saab estate. Thomas and Abbey threw a paving slab at the window and stole more than £5,000 worth of cigarettes.
On the way out they also helped themselves to nearly £100 worth of sweets and food.
At junction 3 of the M2 they were spotted by a police car which chased them until Taddington Wood Lane.
A short time later, officers saw a man in a wooded area where he was arrested and identified as Ian Thomas.
Nearby the officers found the abandoned Saab with a boot full of cigarettes and the car was reported to have been stolen from London.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Jon Faulkner of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:
"They were brought down by their own stupidity and by the hard work of my investigation team.
"They left fingerprints all over the Saab, almost got stuck trying to squeeze their haul through the shattered window of Martins Newsagents and accrued parking fines outside one of their home addresses for a stolen car."