Kent Police has launched a major three month long 'sting' aimed at reducing household burglaries and vehicle thefts.
Dozens of arrests have been made across the county as the force ploughs extra resources into catching offenders.
A series of early morning raids in Medway on Tuesday resulted in three arrests. Two 21-year-old men from Strood and a 21-year-old man from Rochester was arrested on suspicion of burglary
Police are linking them with 25 burglaries across Strood from December 2012 onwards. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.
On February 3, a 14-year-old boy from Sittingbourne was arrested in connection with a burglary committed in Park Road, Sittingbourne, the previous day, while on February 4, a 17-year-old male, also from Sittingbourne, was arrested in connection with the same crime. Both have been bailed pending further investigation.
On February 6, a 13-year-old boy from Faversham was arrested in connection with a burglary in the town. He was charged and will appear in court on March 4.
On February 7, officers executed a search warrant in Pembury Court, Sittingbourne, searching for stolen goods. A 19-year-old man was arrested and remains in police custody held on suspicion of burglary.
A 16-year-old boy from Whitstable was charged with handling stolen goods on February 6, after he was arrested in connection with a stolen bike taken from a shed in Park Road, Sittingbourne on January 7. He will appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on February 25.
Toby Earnshaw-Glazier, 18, of London Road, Sittingbourne, appeared at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on February 5, was charged with burglary other than dwelling when officers caught him fleeing a garage he had broken into.
Earnshaw-Glazier pleaded guilty and was handed a suspended prison sentence of 117 days. He was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and given a curfew.
Overnight on Thursday 7 and Friday February 8, 17 cars were damaged on the Isle of Sheppey. Two people have been arrested and bailed until Wednesday, February, 13, pending further enquiries.
Anthony Wood, 28, of St Peters Street, Maidstone, has been charged with a robbery in Canterbury on January 29. He is also charged with assaulting a police officer on February 5 and has been summoned to Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court.
A 31-year-old woman from Maidstone has been arrested and bailed, on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
A 27-year-old man from Hadlow has been arrested and bailed in connection with an attempted fuel theft from a car on 30 November, 2012.
A 13-year-old boy from Margate was arrested and charged with a burglary at a newsagents in Ramsgate Road on Monday, February 4, and stealing three bottles of Morgan Spice, two bottles of Gordon’s gin and 24 cans of lager.
He was also charged with allegedly using racially aggravated threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour. He was remanded in custody and is due before Margate Youth Court on February 13.
Police investigating several burglaries in the Cliftonville area arrested a 34-year-old man from Birchington. He has been released on bail until March 12, while officers make further enquiries.
Police called to deal with reports that a youth had allegedly kicked in a window of a sandwich bar in Margate on Tuesday night and stolen cash, arrested a 14-year-old boy who had been detained by people in a nearby pub. He was charged with burglary other than a dwelling and released on bail to answer before Margate Youth Court on March 6.
A 48-year-old woman and 18-year-old man from High Halden were given formal police cautions for possession of herbal cannabis.
A 21-year-old woman from Tenterden was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and criminal damage and has been released on bail until February 6, while officers make further enquiries.
Police investigating a burglary in the Kingsnorth area in July 2012 arrested an 18-year-old man from Ashford on Tuesday, February 5, on suspicion of burglary. He was released on bail while officers make further enquiries.
A 34-year-old man from Margate was arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity and issued with a police caution for theft.
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