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CCTV helped secure prison sentences for Pair totaling over Six years

CCTV recorded at a burglary victim’s home has helped secure prison sentences for two offenders. Jason Bowers and Jack Lee targeted the property in June 2018 but security cameras caught one of them on camera, along with the vehicle they used to drive away from the scene. Both men pleaded guilty to their roles and were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 16 July. The court heard that on Saturday 16 June the victim returned to their home in Lower Halstow, after spending the day out with their family, to find that their kitchen drawers had been opened and various items were out of place. After checking through their house, and shed, it became apparent that they had been burgled and Kent Police were contacted. Officers attended the scene to gather evidence and were provided with CCTV stills that clearly captured the side of Lee’s head. A silver Ford Focus estate was also recorded driving away from the scene. Officers then attended an address that Lee was known to regularly visit and found the suspect vehicle nearby. While they were still at the scene, Bowers and Lee began walking towards the car and were therefore arrested and searched. During these searches the key to the vehicle was found on Bowers. Bowers, 46 and of no fixed address, was sentenced to three years and ten months for two counts of burglary, driving while disqualified and driving without third party insurance. Lee, 48 and of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of two years and seven months for two counts of burglary. The investigating officer for this case, Police Constable Mike Wills said: ‘Bowers and Lee have proved that they are incapable of living in society without committing crimes against innocent members of the public. ‘There is no good reason to burgle another person’s home. It is a deeply intrusive offence and, as was evident in this case, can leave victims feeling uneasy in their own homes. ‘The custodial sentences passed by the Judge only goes to illustrate the view of the courts in these offences. ‘I am very happy to have achieved justice for the victims in this case and in particular the short period of time between the offence and sentence. ‘Hopefully the family can move forward knowing the offenders are in prison and I thank them for their assistance during the investigation.’

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