A ‘prolific’ burglar who brought misery to a number of victims in Sevenoaks in a four month crime spree has been jailed for over five years.
Anthony Murray, of Purley Way in Croydon, stole jewellery and cash during the raids which took place between March 6 and July 13 this year and included properties in Hever, Penshurst and Sevenoaks as well as properties in Surrey.
The 34-year-old was arrested on April 5, 2017 but bailed while police investigated a wealth of evidence including footprints found at the scene of one of his break-ins and an earring reported stolen which was found in his Croydon home.
A silver BMW belonging to Murray was also reported being spotted at multiple crime scenes.
Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded guilty to a total of six charges of burglary, including one committed while he was on bail
In total Murray, aged 34 and formerly of Purley Way, Croydon was charged with six burglaries, carried out between 6 March and 13 July 2017, including one he had committed while on bail.
Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court Murray pleaded guilty to all the offences. On 31 August he was sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in prison.
Detective Sergeant Suzie Basford said: “Murray is a prolific burglar who has brought misery to a number of people through his criminal activity. We know how upsetting it can be for the victims of burglary, not only because of the loss of items that matter to them but because of the invasion of their private space.
“It is therefore pleasing that the courts have recognised what a serious threat Murray is to residents living throughout Kent. The length of his sentence should go some way towards showing other burglars how serious these offences are.
“Kent Police has dedicated burglary teams of specialist detectives and we will use every tool at our disposal to bring offenders to justice.”