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JAILED: Prolific burglar used crowbar to force his way into shops across Kent

Thursday 14th October 2021

A PROLIFIC burglar has been jailed after he used a crowbar to force his way into several shops across Kent.

Mohammad Setar (23) went on a seven-day crime spree, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to businesses in Marden, Hadlow and Ashford to steal cigarettes, alcohol and cash.

Setar, who was part of a criminal gang, used crowbars to force their way into the stores during the early hours, before filling bin bags and shopping baskets with items which also included scratch cards.

During one of the thefts, a bystander followed the gang on foot and suffered injuries to his hand after he was struck by their getaway vehicle.

Setar, formerly of Bideford Road, West Midlands, was identified as one of the offenders, through CCTV enquiries.

He was arrested and charged with three counts of burglary and a further count of attempted burglary.

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Tuesday, October 12 was sentenced to two years and three months' imprisonment.

DC Billie-Louise Mills of the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad said: “Burglary is a serious crime that profoundly affects the victims whether they suffer a break-in at their homes or to a business. Serial offenders such as Setar need to realise we will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.

“He is fully deserving of a custodial sentence and his actions have demonstrated that he cares very little about the impact his crimes have on hardworking shop owners and businesses, who are left out of pocket and having to foot the bill for repairs.”

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