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Swanscombe burglar jailed for three years for nine burglaries

PUBLISHED: 13:40 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 14 June 2017

Paul Mounger

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Paul Mounger sold some stolen items on online auction sites

A burglar who was arrested by officers in the back garden of a home he had just targeted has been jailed for three years.

Paul Mounger, 27 and formerly of Alamein Road in Swanscombe, targeted nine properties between November 2016 and January 2017 before he was arrested in Greenhithe.

On January 23 a witness called police after noticing torch lights bring shone inside a home in Beaton Close with was unoccupied at the time.

Officers arrested Mounger after they found him removing the victim’s belongings, including a TV from the house.

CCTV of another burglary in Atlantic Close, Swanscombe on January 17, was reviewed while Mounger remained in custody and it was established he was the offender.

He was subsequently charged and remanded in custody.

He was then also connected to the following burglaries: in Kibbles Green, Sevenoaks on November 24; in Harrison Avenue, Longfield between December 23 and 24; in Constable Road, Gravesend bwtween December 14 and 16; in Scratton Fields, Cobham between December 24 and 25; in Darenth Park Avenue, Dartford on December 28; and in Sherwood Avenue, Chatham on January 13.

Among items stolen were luxury watches and handbags, games consoles, TVs and cash.

Two bags stolen from properties were sold on an online auction site.

As well as these charges, Mounger was also charged with stealing the front and rear registration plates of a car that was parked in Joyce Green Lane, Dartford, between December 5 and 12.

He pleaded guilty to nine counts of burglary on June 12 and was sentenced to three years jailtime.

Detective constable Robin Hemsley, said: “Mounger indiscriminately targeted numerous homes and was brazen enough to use a stolen vehicle to travel to crime scenes and store the stolen items.

“Burglary is an intrusive and callous offence and a particularly aggravating feature for his crimes is the fact he targeted some homes over the Christmas period.

“I am all too aware of the impact burglaries can have on victims and I hope that they can find some closure by knowing we have secured this prison sentence.”

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