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Phone app catches Dartford jewellery thief

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:00 25 October 2013

Ion-Liviu Radita

Ion-Liviu Radita

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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.

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