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North Kent car thieves jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:37 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:37 22 April 2013

David Leadbeater and Sam Holmes in one of the cars they stole

David Leadbeater and Sam Holmes in one of the cars they stole

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A pair of car thieves have been jailed for six-years each today after committing 43 burglaries, including in Gravesend, Swanley and Longfield - after posing for photographs in some of the vehicles they stole.

Sam Holmes, 22, and David Leadbeater, 23, both formerly of Eltham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit 43 burglaries and attempted burglaries in Kent, Hampshire, Surrey and London on Friday (April 19).

They were sentenced on Monday.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Holmes and Leadbeater broke into homes to take the keys to parked vehicles in driveways before stealing them.

The crimes took place between May 25 and July 4 last year and the pair also stole handbags, phones, cameras, laptops and sunglasses.

But despite their efforts to disguise the vehicles with false number plates they were arrested by police on July 4.

Both had already been disqualified from driving.

Their spree included burglaries or attempted burglaries in Parrock Road, Winters Croft and Gatwick Road, all in Gravesend, Salisbury Avenue in Swanley and Pincroft Wood in Longfield.

Investigating officer Det Con Adrian Grew branded them an “incompetent pair with no morals.”

He added: “Both Holmes and Leadbeater have shown no remorse for their crimes despite overwhelming evidence being found by police during this investigation.”

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