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Footage shows police chase involving serial car thief after he targeted Medway homes

A serial car thief who was arrested at the wheel of a stolen vehicle has been jailed.

Cobaine Holden stole three different cars from separate Gillingham homes and was arrested on April 23.

Police chase Holden through Medway and Dartford. Footage: Kent Police

The 23-year-old, from Littlehampton, West Sussex, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to three counts of burglary, two of theft of a motor vehicle, two attempted burglaries, aggravated vehicle taking and possessing a knife.

On Monday he was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.

He was arrested in April after he and an accomplice were tracked down and officers attempted to stop them in London Road, Greenhithe, within an hour of stealing two cars from a home in Hawthorne Avenue, Twydall, near Gillingham.

Holden sped off at 90mph and was pursued by Kent Police, Metropolitan police officers and a police helicopter.

Cobaine Holden was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Picture: Kent Police
Cobaine Holden was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Picture: Kent Police

He was detained in Eltham 15 minutes later after reversing into a street lamp while trying to get away.

A teenage boy was also arrested following the pursuit of the second car and has been charged with burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

He has admitted these offences and will be sentenced on a later date.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Sears said: "Holden has proven himself to be a prolific offender who is prepared to break into people’s home while they sleep.

He has caused significant distress to each of the victims and has further demonstrated his bad character by choosing to endanger himself, pursuing officers and other road users when he was caught in a stolen car.

"I have no doubt he would have continued to offend and I am pleased he has now been deprived of an opportunity to target more innocent members of the public."

"The fact he was seen carrying a knife during some of his offending only aggravates the case against him.

"I have no doubt he would have continued to offend and I am pleased he has now been deprived of an opportunity to target more innocent members of the public."

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