Bexleyheath Man Among Four Burglars Who Threatened Family in Chatham Home Invasion

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Bexleyheath Man Among Four Burglars Who Threatened Family in Chatham Home Invasion

A Bexleyheath man was one of four burglars who terrorized a family with weapons during an early morning home invasion near Luton Road in Chatham on September 8 last year.

The gang, armed with bladed weapons and wearing masks or balaclavas, forced their way into the house. Once inside, they woke the family and assaulted one member before stealing two watches and two phones.

Key Evidence and Arrests

A mask found near the crime scene contained DNA linking it to Rogel Dumitru, 20, of Mayplace Road East in Bexleyheath. Investigations revealed Dumitru had travelled from Bexleyheath to Chatham and was in contact with accomplices Ion Vasile, Denis Calin, and Robert Maytum. All four men were arrested later that month.

Vasile, Maytum, and Dumitru pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, while Calin was convicted of burglary following a trial.


At Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, June 14, the sentences were handed down:

  • Ion Vasile, 22, of Boxley Road in Maidstone, was jailed for eight years and five months.
  • Robert Maytum, 36, of Great South Avenue in Chatham, was jailed for seven years and two months.
  • Denis Calin, 20, of Albany Road in Chatham, was jailed for seven years.
  • Rogel Dumitru will be sentenced at a later date.

Police Statement

Investigating officer Detective Constable Dan Bister said: “This was a premeditated crime during which a family were terrorised in their own home. The threats with weapons will have left a lasting impact on the victims and those responsible should be ashamed of their actions. A meticulous investigation ensured the main culprits were identified, swiftly arrested and are now starting lengthy prison sentences.

DC Bister also expressed gratitude to the victims and other witnesses who assisted in the investigation, ensuring that these violent criminals are no longer a threat to other households in Medway.

Community Impact

The home invasion has left a significant impact on the local community, highlighting the importance of swift justice and the effectiveness of thorough police work. The successful identification and prosecution of the perpetrators bring a sense of relief and security to the residents of Chatham and surrounding areas.

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