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Dartford burglar jailed

PUBLISHED: 17:12 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 September 2018

CCTV of Howard. Picture: Kent Police

CCTV of Howard. Picture: Kent Police

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A serial burglar in Dartford has been jailed for more than seven years.

David Howard committed each of his offences during the day light hours and stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery in November 2017.

The 53-year-old, of Keyes Road, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary, one attempted burglary and three counts of handling stolen goods.

He was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday September 19.

The court heard that Howard burgled four homes in Dartford and attempted to steal from another, between November 3 and 9.

The first offence took place in Meadow Way on November 3 and saw jewellery stolen after tools were used to force open a back door.

CCTV from a nearby property captured Howard on camera during the time of offence.

Two days later homes in Invicta Road and St Vincent’s Avenue were targeted, with tools used to force open a rear door.

Watches, old coins and numerous items of jewellery were stolen and he was once again recorded on nearby security cameras for both incidents.

The final burglary took place in Watling Street on November 9, with entry gained through a rear window that had been smashed.

An attempted burglary also took place at a neighbouring property but Howard was unable to gain entry.

CCTV belonging to a nearby property again showed that Howard was in the area at the time of the offences.

Howard was arrested in Byron Road on November 18 after officers first executed a search warrant at his home address.

Inside they found numerous items which were believed to have been stolen from the burglaries and when Howard was arrested, he was found wearing a gold coloured watch that had been reported stolen.

Det Con Rob Sircar, the investigating officer for this case, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to secure a strong, custodial sentence for a repeat offender who has caused a lot of distress to his victims.

“Not only did Howard violate the victim’s privacy, he caused significant damage to their property and stole items of sentimental value.

“There is little doubt that residents in Dartford are safer with Howard in custody.”

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