Patrols are targeting burglars in west Kent
A number of people have been arrested for separate burglary offences in just over a month as officers in west Kent continue to disrupt and deter criminals in the area.
Since mid-December 2017 officers have made arrests in an effort to prevent residents becoming victims of burglaries, with examples of enforcement including:
Two women arrested
Lacramioara Stan, 18, and Manuella Paun, 19, both of Toronto Road, Gillingham, were arrested and charged with burglary in Shepway, Maidstone on Friday 26 January. They were remanded in custody and will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 26 February.
Seven Maidstone burglaries charged
Atkinjoe Izuebe, 25, of no fixed address, was arrested on Monday 29 January and charged with seven burglaries in Maidstone. He was remanded in custody and will appear at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday 28 February.
Shed burglar arrested
A victim living in Paddock Wood reported power tools stolen from a shed, after a burglary on Tuesday 9 January. On Wednesday 31 January, enquiries by officers led to the arrest of a 28-year-old man from Tunbridge Wells. The suspect was later released, but remains under investigation.
Penenden Heath burglars arrested
Patrick Cash of Upchurch and Alfie Doran of Hockley, Essex were arrested on Friday 5 January and charged with two burglaries at Penenden Heath. Mr Doran was remanded in custody and will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 12 February. Mr Cash is next due to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday 9 February.
Sussex burglar remanded
Freddie Webb of Worthing, Sussex was arrested on Friday 29 December 2017 and charged with a burglary in Sevenoaks. He was remanded in custody and will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 18 June.
Men from Sidcup detained
Four men from Sidcup and Dartford were arrested after a car was stolen from an address in Hextable on Monday 18 December. All four were bailed to return to the police station on Thursday 15 February.
Chief Inspector Tony Dyer, District Commander for Sevenoaks and Swanley said:
'Our officers have been alert to the activities of local burglars and travelling criminals and have been patrolling at all hours to counter the threat they pose.
‘Uniformed officers have provided a visible deterrent on key roads and estates, and investigators have ensured forensic and CCTV opportunities have been pursued where offences have been committed.
‘Several suspected burglars, including a number who have travelled into the area to offend, have been apprehended and will face the courts.
‘Where suspects have been charged, our investigators have sought to remand them to prison to await their court case where the grounds exist.
'However, we are not complacent and are determined to protect our communities from offenders as best we can in forthcoming weeks.
‘We would ask residents to assist us by keeping doors and windows secure, keeping car keys away front the front door of the house overnight, and alerting us on 101 or 999 if they see anybody acting suspiciously.’