Thief jailed after stealing from women who tried to help him
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A thief who stole from women who gave him a place to stay has been jailed.
Kevin Chapman took jewellery and electrical items from two women who tried to help him after they met him in Dover.
The 37-year-old was arrested in Sussex on Friday 14 February 2020 after an appeal by Kent Police and has since admitted burglary and theft.
He was jailed for three years and four months by a judge at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 16 June.
Chapman befriended a woman in a pub in Dover before asking if she would put him up for the night in December 2019.
She also agreed to run an errand for him but returned home to find her laptop, tablet computer, mobile phone and jewellery had been stolen.
The following month, Chapman told another woman whom he had met in Dover that he was having trouble at home and at work.
After letting him sleep on her sofa, she went out for a short time and returned to find a large amount of jewellery and a tablet computer missing.
Chapman, of Carnoustie Close, St Leonards-on-Sea, also admitted two counts of making off without payment after he failed to pay for hotel rooms he stayed at in Canterbury and Dover in January 2020.
Detective Constable Luke Thomson, Kent Police's investigating officer, said: 'Kevin Chapman is a con artist who took advantage of the hospitality of two women who tried to help him.
'These offences are made all the worse by the trust his victims had placed in him by leaving him in their homes before he stole items which had both financial and sentimental value.'