Gang of hooded thieves jailed for burglaries in Medway, Maidstone and Swale
Raid gang: top from left, Danny
Stevenson and Adam Green, bottom from left, Jamie Rustage, Frank
Harris and James Clark
A gang of hooded thieves who broke into homes at night and
stole cars parked outside has been locked up for a total of
A judge described the targeting of property in Medway, Maidstone
and Swale as "grave organised crime".
When one of the burglars, Danny Stevenson, was arrested photos
on his mobile phone showed him hooded and proudly posing with bolt
cutters and a crowbar.
Describing the images shown to Judge Philip
Statman as graphic, his lawyer John Fitzgerald said: "It is
posturing, He thinks it is big and clever. There is no evidence he
went into people's houses like that."
Stevenson, of Bettescombe Road, Gillingham, Jamie Rustage, of
Beatty Avenue, Gillingham, James Clark, Adam Green, both of Hards
Town, Chatham, and Frank Harris, of Swift Crescent, Chatham, all
admitted conspiracy to burgle.
Charlie Bushell, of Kingston Crescent, Chatham, admitted
Stevenson, 27, and Green, 24, were jailed for six years,
Rustage, 21, was jailed for four years, Harris, 19, was sentenced
to four years youth custody, Clark, 21, to three years four months
jail and Bushell, 21, to 14 months.
Kent Police have not released an image of Bushell.
Judge Statman told them: "It is trite to observe that fear is
engendered when a burglary occurs at night in domestic dwellings.
There is an invasion of the home by the burglar."
Maidstone Crown Court heard 40 burglaries or attempted
burglaries were committed and 26 cars and one motorcycle were
stolen in four months between September 18 last year and January
Vivian Walters, prosecuting, said householders were asleep in
most cases and one victim awoke to find hooded Green standing over
him. One car stolen contained children's Christmas presents.
The defendants were
sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court
Stevenson admitted being involved in seven burglaries, Clark
three, Green 13, Harris eight, Rustage five and Bushell one
Homes were raided in Chafes Lane and Forge Lane, Upchurch,
Kingston Crescent, Lordswood, Macklands Way, Glebe Road, Park
Avenue, Quinell Street and Skinner Street, Gillingham, The
Everglades and Hadleigh Court, Hempstead, Whitehouse Close, Hoo,
Dorrit Way, Rochester, Mill Lane, Hartlip, Hurst Hill, Walderslade,
Woodbury Road, Kingfisher Drive, Croft Close and Spitfire Close,
Chatham, Oak Drive, Larkfield, Elmwood Road, Chattenden, and Brown
Street and Ten Acre Way, Rainham.
Miss Walters said Harris was responsible for the theft £150,000
worth of cars, Green £80,000, Stevenson £74,450, Rustage £19,000
and Clark £18,000.
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