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Car thief locked up over Maidstone and Medway offences

A repeat burglar who stole vehicles from the driveways of properties in Kent has been sent to a young offenders’ institution.

Last year, Kyle Ainsley, 20, from Barking committed a string of offences, targeting homes in Maidstone and Medway.

Kyle Ainsley (23231137)
Kyle Ainsley (23231137)

In the early hours of August 23, he took an Audi A3 from the drive of a property in Adbert Drive, East Farleigh.

Two days later, he took a Citroen C3 from a house in Sycamore Road, Strood, and then a Volkswagen Tiguan from an address in Farm Hill Avenue, Strood, after the front door was forced open with a screwdriver and the keys taken.

Ainsley pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and a charge of attempted burglary when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court.

A further six offences will lie on file. Ainsley was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

DC Dan Bister said: "Ainsley was intent on stealing valuable cars from the driveways of Kent residents in the depths of the night.

"Driving with no insurance or valid licence, he also posed a significant threat to other drivers on the road at the time of the crimes.

"He is still a young man and I only hope this sentence will at least cause him to reflect on his actions and perhaps begin to understand the profound and long lasting impact burglary offences have on victims."

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