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JAILED: Serial burglar Douglas Brown targeted vulnerable pensioner FOUR times

Monday 24th May 2021

A SERIAL burglar who targeted a vulnerable pensioner four times in three weeks has been jailed for three years.

Douglas Brown (53) of Bow Road, Wateringbury, stole the victims bank card while they were out, using a screwdriver to force open the door.

Once inside the property, he used the stolen card to travel to Maidstone by train.

He fraudulently used the card to buy tobacco, cigarettes and a sandwich at two shops in the Broadway.

He made four further attempts to make purchases in the town centre but the card was declined.

The victim did not notice they had been burgled and Brown was able to target the address a further three times between April 9 and 16.

Police were alerted to the crimes and Brown was identified as being responsible.

He was arrested on April 22 at his home address and was later charged with four burglaries and eleven fraud offences.

Brown pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Investigating officer, DC Rob Fagg, said: “Brown saw an opportunity to steal from a pensioner while they were away from home and stole cash they could ill-afford to lose.

“Burglary is an appalling crime and leaves victims feeling nervous about leaving their home and fearful of being targeted again. This is particularly true of the elderly.

“I am pleased that within a month of his arrest, this man has been removed from the streets and is no longer a danger to the vulnerable within our communities.”