Dartford burglar jailed after leaving fingerprints on stolen car

PUBLISHED: 16:19 03 December 2013 | UPDATED: 16:19 03 December 2013

A Dartford man will spend almost two years behind bars after leaving fingerprints on a car he stole during a burglary.

William Hickey, of Dunlop Close, was jailed for 21 months at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday of last week after pleading guilty to burglary, theft and two counts of fraud.

During the early hours of September 3, Hickey forced his way into the home of a family, in Salmon Road, and stole a handbag - containing around £100 cash and a selection of credit cars.

Before leaving, he also picked up car keys and stole a silver Vauxhall Zafira parked in the driveway.

The car was found for days later in Battery Road, Thamesmead, close to where a number of attempts had been made to use the credit cards.

Forensic specialists found a fingerprint matching Hickey’s on the driver’s door and the 30-year-old was later arrested.

Investigating officer, Det Con Bill Looker, said: “Hickey cared little for the impact his actions had on the family who were asleep upstairs when he broke into their home in the early hours of the morning.

“The sentencing reflects the seriousness of the crime and goes to show that Kent Police will use all available tools to track down offenders and put them before the courts.”

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