Phone app catches Dartford jewellery thief
PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:00 25 October 2013
A man who stole over 100 items of jewellery in 11 burglaries in Dartford and Sevenoaks was jailed for seven years yesterday.
Ion-Liviu Radita, of Ilford, was captured after officers tracked the ‘Find My iPhone’ app on an ipad stolen from a house in Sevenoaks.
The Romanian national, 36, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on October 23 after a jury found him guilty earlier that day.
His seven Dartford break-ins were committed in the space of just eight days, five of which were very close; Brentlands Drive, Beech Road, Berkeley Crescent and two in Myrtle Road.
Investigating officer, Det Con Bill Looker of Kent Police, said: “Radita was calculated about the way he went about these burglaries.
“He knew what he was after; laptops, electronic devices and jewellery, which are items he knew he could move on quickly and make a quick buck.”
Radita gained entry each time by smashing a back door or window and in both Myrtle Road burglaries he urinated on the bed before leaving.
He was arrested after the stolen jewellery was found in a search of his property on May 30.
For more information on securing property visit: www.kent.police.uk/autumn.