Man charged after three day burglary spree spanning east Kent

A man has been jailed for five years after four burglary offences in across Kent.

Jimmy Gilheaney, 39, from Bristol has been sentenced to five years in jail on April 29 at Canterbury Crown Court after four burglary offences in the Kent area.

The incidents occurred over three days in October last year in Ashford, Folkestone and Westgate-on-Sea.

The first incident happened at Torrington Road, Ashford on October 10 when residents saw Gilheaney and another unnamed man attempt to get through their door in their garden.

On the same day the two men broke into a property in Gordon Close, Ashford, where over £2,000 was reported stolen.

The next day (October 11) residents of a house in Enbrook Valley in Folkestone reported more than £10,000 had been stolen after they returned home to see their glazed door smashed.

The day after in Guildford Avenue at Westgate-on-Sea a neighbour saw the two men leaving a property after having stolen money including foreign currency along with designer bags and jewellery.

Police located a grey BMW used by the men but it collided with a police vehicle and then drove off. The police managed to link Gilheaney to the burglaries after CCTV and doorbell footage linked him and a grey BMW to the crimes.

Investigating officer PC Scott Drake has said: 

‘The investigation shows the importance domestic CCTV and doorbell footage can be in helping us track down and arrest burglars and in making your home as secure as possible to deter thieves.’