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Repeat burglar and car thief from Dartford jailed

A serial car thief who stole from homes in Dartford, New Ash Green and Snodland has been jailed for four years.
 
Ryan Holt committed several burglaries between December 2017 and March 2019 with CCTV or DNA evidence linking him to each offence.
 
The 18-year-old, of Littlebrook Manor Way, Dartford, admitted three counts of burglary, four counts of theft of motor vehicle and one count of theft and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday 13 August 2019.
 
He was also sentenced for two assaults on prison officers which were committed while he was being held in custody for an unrelated matter.

Burglaries

The first offence in the series of charges against Holt saw a property in Knights Croft, New Ash Green, burgled on Christmas Eve 2017.
 
A van belonging to the victim, along with several Christmas presents, were stolen during the overnight break-in and officers went on to find the victim’s van abandoned in Elm Road, Dartford, four days later.
 
The registration plate on the vehicle had been swapped and Holt’s DNA was found on a piece of electrical tape that was holding the new plate in place.
 
On the night of 16/ 17 December 2018 Holt went on to steal three cars from a property in Veles Road, Snodland.

He stole the keys for each vehicle after forcing open the victim’s front door and a glove print found on the door later provided a DNA match for the offender.

The court also heard that on 5 March 2019 Holt was twice caught committing offences on privately held CCTV.

The first offence took place at around 2.45pm and saw him steal a set of keys that had accidentally been left in the front door of a property in Rosebury Gardens, Dartford.
 
Around 45 minutes later he burgled a home in nearby Dorchester Close and stole a watch, a handbag and a quantity of cash.
 
Holt was arrested on the same evening after officers recognised him from the victim’s CCTV footage.
 
In addition to the burglary and theft offences, Holt was also charged with assaulting two prison officers while he was being held on remand for an unrelated matter on 13 April 2018.

Persistent offender
 

Detective Constable Richard Sears, one of Kent Police’s investigating officers for the case, said: ‘Ryan Holt has shown himself to be a persistent offender who poses an unacceptable risk to members of the public.
 
‘He has caused a considerable amount of distress to numerous victims and I am pleased that his sentence means he is no longer able to target innocent members of the public.’

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