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JAILED: Father and son thieves caught with van and caravan full of stolen items

PUBLISHED: 14:42 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 17 May 2016

Arunas Simkus

Arunas Simkus

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They have been jailed for a total of more than five years

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A father and son who broke into garages and parked cars in Hawkhurst and Groombridge have been jailed for a total of more than five years.

Arunas Simkus, 45 and Marius Simkus, 25 were arrested after police tracked down vehicles crammed with stolen items, when a victim used a ‘find my iPad’ app to trace his stolen device.

Police were called on November 10 last year, when the device was traced to a caravan parked in Valley Road, Gravesend.

A search of the caravan and a Mercedes Sprinter van revealed a haul of stolen property.

It included other computer tablets, car parts and gardening tools.

The pair, formerly of Thistle Road, Gravesend, both appeared at Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing.

Marius Simkus had previously denied all charges, but following a trial was found guilty by a jury of two counts of theft, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to steal and burglary. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Arunas Simkus had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and three thefts. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Sgt Dave Higham from Kent Police said: “This investigation shows, once again, the value of installing tracking software on the likes of tablets and mobile phones.

“The victim who did so in this case, managed to lead us directly to Arunas and Marius Simkus.

“These two men were responsible for a crime spree, during which they stole almost anything they could get their hands on.

“In one incident they even stole a pushchair and travel cot from a vehicle.

“They are now paying the price for their crimes and what is also pleasing is that we have been able to recover most of the items which were stolen.”

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