A Christmas current thief who left his hat on the scene of his crime has been sentenced to 4 years and 10 months’ imprisonment.
Nicholas Rooney, 54, of Bouverie Road West, Folkestone, claimed he was drunk when he clambered by way of the toilet window of a property in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, on Wednesday 11 December 2019.
Once inside he stole a quantity of wrapped presents together with clothes, jewelry and alcohol, and likewise took a quantity of bottles of aftershave and fragrance, a pill pc and different belongings price a complete of roughly £750.
But Rooney’s offending caught up with him when he was forensically linked to a beanie hat and face protecting discovered within the lavatory sink, resulting in his arrest on Friday 10 January 2020.
Officers who searched his house deal with discovered a small quantity of the stolen gadgets, which Rooney stated he didn’t realise had been there. He claimed in interview that he felt responsible for what he had finished and had positioned the presents and different possessions in a bin close to the victims’ house within the hope they’d discover them.
Rooney later pleaded responsible to housebreaking and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 27 February 2020.
Detective Inspector Nigel Douglas of Folkestone CID stated: ‘Burglary is a horrible crime that may have a long-lasting impression on victims, as there are few issues worse than understanding somebody has entered your own home uninvited and helped themselves to your belongings.
‘Nicholas Rooney has expressed regret for his actions and admitted his involvement on the earliest alternative, though that is no excuse for the upset brought about to the couple whose house he violated throughout his search for any gadgets of worth.
‘I hope he will use his time in prison to reflect on the consequences of his actions and ensure he does not cause any further harm to innocent members of the public upon his release.’