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Suspected burglar charged after break-ins at Gravesend charity shop and other businesses in Rochester and Northfleet

A suspected burglar has appeared in court after break-ins at a charity shop and other businesses.

Police received a report that a charity shop in Pelham Road South, Gravesend had been targeted on Saturday, June 25, and a quantity of cash stolen.

Pelham Road South, Gravesend Picture: Google
Pelham Road South, Gravesend Picture: Google

Two days later, another burglary was reported at a takeaway restaurant in The Hill, Northfleet where cash had been taken from the till.

At around 2am on Tuesday, July 5, patrols responded to a call from a member of the public stating two men were attempting to gain entry to a business in Rochester High Street.

Officers searched an alleyway where the men had last been seen and, after one of the constables jumped over a wall, a suspect was located and arrested.

Patrick Downey, of Greenhill Road, Gravesend was later charged with two burglaries and an attempted burglary.

The 35-year-old appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he was remanded until a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on July 27.

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