Two men who were caught within minutes of a burglary happening in Longfield have been jailed.
Gary O’Brian and Alex Parle were both seen on CCTV from a neighbouring shop pulling up outside the Co-Op in Station Road, Longfield, at about 11.45pm on Sunday 15 March.
They then took items from the boot of a vehicle they travelled in, a stolen BMV, and forced their way into the store. Once inside, they smashed open the shutters of a cigarette counter and stole a quantity of cigarettes before driving off.
Officers were alerted to the burglary in progress and located the vehicle a short distance away with Parle and O’Brian inside.
They tried to make off from patrols and rammed the police vehicle. Both were arrested at the scene and cigarettes and a knife were also located inside the vehicle.
O’Brian, 26 from London Road, Tooting was charged with burglary and taking a vehicle without consent.
Alex Parle, 27 from Adams Garden Estate, Rotherhithe was charged with burglary, taking a vehicle without consent and being in possession of a knife.
On Tuesday 14 April at Maidstone Crown Court, both pleaded guilty to the offences.
O’Brian was sentenced to 15 months and Parle was sentenced to 19 months in prison.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Katherine Barry said: ‘Thanks to the quick thinking of staff in the nearby shop, who saw the burglary occur on the CCTV and alerted us, our officers were able to respond and detain the offenders before they could get away.
‘This result sends out a clear message we will catch you and you will be locked up to prevent the public from harm.’