Burglar jailed but two accomplices still at large after attempted Gravesend theft

PUBLISHED: 11:15 04 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:23 04 April 2014

A burglar who attempted to steal thousands of pounds’ worth of Asian gold jewellery has been jailed for 20 months.

Patrick McCarthy, 22, was eventually chased down by Kent Police after he was disturbed in the Waterdales home in Gravesend trying to escape with £4,000 worth of gold jewellery.

A pillowcase containing £20,000 of gold jewellery had been dumped near the living room, dropped by the burglar when the police arrived.

Cash and the victims’ passport were also taken.

Enquiries are now ongoing to locate the other two suspects in the house too.

McCarthy was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on March 31.

Investigating officer, DC Rob Hemsley of Kent Police, said: ‘This burglary came around the same time as a number of others targeting homes where a large quantity of Asian gold jewellery is kept.

“For McCarthy to almost destroy the inside of these innocent victims’ home so he could track it down and steal it was disgraceful.

“I hope McCarthy takes his time behind bars seriously and reflects on the misery and fear his actions have caused.”

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