Prolific burglar from Herne Bay is jailed
A Herne Bay burglar who swallowed a gold chain to try and hide it from police officers has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Clifford Airey, 52, of William Street in Herne Bay pleaded guilty to burglary and handling stolen goods at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 2 February 2017.
Airey was arrested on the evening of Tuesday 31 January 2017 for a burglary which took place in Victoria Park, Herne Bay, on Wednesday 25 January 2017. When he was taken into custody by officers they discovered he had swallowed a gold chain.
The chain belonged to the victim of another burglary in Daytona Way, Herne Bay, that had taken place that day on 31 January and Airey pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Airey received six years in prison for the burglary in Victoria Park and an additional two years for the handling of stolen goods after he was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 3 March 2017.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kirsty Martin, said: ‘Airey is a prolific burglar and has caused significant suffering. He’s now in prison for a considerable amount of time where he can no longer pose a threat to the community.’