Man who burgled his friend's home is jailed
A man who
burgled his friend’s home in Tonbridge has been jailed for 30
Douglas Brown, 45, formerly of Martin Hardie
Way, Tonbridge, was arrested on Christmas Eve on suspicion of the
Having been charged with the offence he spent
Christmas day in a police cell before appearing at Maidstone
Magistrates’ Court on Boxing Day.
Brown appeared before Maidstone Crown
Court on January 2, when he pleaded guilty to burglary and was
sentenced to 30 months behind bars.
On December 20, Brown visited a friend in
Norton Crescent, Tonbridge, and asked to borrow some money, but his
Before leaving the address Brown asked to use
the toilet, and left the window in the bathroom ajar.
A burglary later occurred at the house, and
the homeowner found footprints on the window ledge in the
Property valued at nearly £7,500 was reported
When Brown was arrested, a number of items
reported stolen were recovered in his house.
Investigating officer, Police Constable
Natalie Gillette, said: "Brown stole a substantial amount of
property from a friend, right before Christmas. As a result he not
only spent Christmas day in a police cell, but was then sentenced
to spend even more time behind bars. Burglary is extremely
upsetting for victims and it is rewarding for both the victim and
the police to send another burglar to prison."
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