JAILED: Window cleaner who burgled Laddingford home in broad daylight

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By kentsussex | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 13:18

A window cleaner who burgled a property in Laddingford in broad day light has been imprisoned for two years and 10 months.

Josh Allen, 21,  of Loose Road, Maidstone, was door-knocking in the Laddingford area on 9 August 2012, seeking window cleaning work. 

A homeowner in Cleavesland didn't answer her door when she heard it knock, but a short time later found Allen in her kitchen. 

Having been disturbed, he made off with only a box of painkillers. His finger prints were found on a box of a smartphone that was in the house.

With a description provided, Allen was identified as the suspect and on 19 August was arrested at his partner's house on suspicion of burglary.

Having pleaded not guilty, Allen was found guilty before Maidstone Crown Court on 16 January and was sentenced to 34 months in prison.

Detective Constable Steve Hobbs from Kent Police said: 'The fear caused to people who find a burglar in their home should never be underestimated. 

'We pursue burglary suspects relentlessly, and the courts have supported our efforts with a significant sentence. 

'Allen was disturbed during the course of the burglary and only got away with a box of painkillers, and the victim is delighted with the sentence that Allen received.'

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