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Man jailed after stealing hair straightners from Dartford house and making off in stolen car

PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 June 2014

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A man has been jailed for eight months after breaking into a house and making his getaway in a stolen car.

Scott Francis, 30, of Woolwich, broke into the house in Brentlands, Dartford, at around 12pm on April 22 and stole a pair of GHD hair straightners.

He made his getaway in a Toyota Corolla, reported stolen from a house in Bexleyheath on April 16, and just before the burglarly filled it up with around £60 worth of petrol and drove off without paying.

The car was later found abandoned in Walmer Terrace just metres away from Francis’s home address and he was arrested.

He appeared at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on June 2 and was convicted of burglary dwelling, driving a car knowing it had been taken without the owner’s consent, making off without payment and driving while disqualified.

Investigating officer, DC Mark Donovan, said: “Francis had driven a car he knew to be stolen to Dartford, where he forced his way into somebody else’s home and stole their possessions.

“Just before this, he stole fuel from a petrol station and tried to evade police.

“Unfortunately, many burglars believe they are above the law and that they have the right to steal, lie and cheat in order to make a small profit for themselves.

“We won’t tolerate this and Francis’s swift apprehension and charge should send a warning to anyone else who believes they can act in this manner.”

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