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Jail for "one-man crime wave" who stole from dozens of cars

PUBLISHED: 13:05 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:05 09 February 2015

Matthew Goodwin

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Matthew Goodwin admitted a catalogue of offences

A man who stole from more than two dozen cars and vans in what police described as a “one-man crime wave” has been jailed.

Matthew Goodwin, 27, admitted a catalogue of offences, including 27 thefts from vehicles, one count of aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.

Goodwin, of no fixed address, began to steal from cars and vans in Dartford and Gravesend last June.

He was caught after police found a camera he had stolen from a car in Istead Rise, on which he had taken pictures of himself. CCTV also showed him driving a white Citroen which had been stolen from Gillingham.

Although Goodwin went into hiding, police caught him driving a stolen Jaguar in Rochester, and the game was up when he crashed the car into a tree after a chase. Office found a haul of stolen property inside the car.

Goodwin was jailed for three years and ten months at Maidstone Crown Court.

Detective Constable Bill Looker said: “Goodwin was a one-man crime wave across three districts and caused an enormous amount of distress to his victims.

“He broke into their vehicles and stole personal items that held sentimental value. In one case he stole a vehicle and later abandoned it, and on several occasions, he made off from police and in doing so endangered people’s lives.”

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