A prolific burglar has been jailed after he was caught on CCTV targeting a home in Sheppey.
During the afternoon of 27 September 2021, Alfie Chambers entered an address in Second Avenue, Sheerness after damaging a rear window.
Chambers ransacked the property, before leaving having stolen only a pint of milk.
Caught on camera
Police were alerted when the victim returned home and when officers checked CCTV in the surrounding area they recognised Chambers, who was captured on footage approaching the property.
Chambers, of Chalkwell Road, Sittingbourne was arrested on 8 October.
At Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded guilty to burglary. He also admitted a charge of fraud which related to an incident on 13 September, where he used a stolen cash card to purchase cigarettes and alcohol at a shop in Halfway, Sheerness.
The 61-year-old was again identified, following a review of the store’s CCTV.
On Thursday 12 May 2022, he was sentenced to two years and five months’ imprisonment.
PC Ben Slocombe, of the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad, said: ‘Chambers is a repeat and prolific criminal who has no regard for the devastating impact his actions have on his victims.’He appears incapable of changing his ways and had he not been caught, I have no doubt he would have carried out further offences, causing distress and misery to further victims. Swale will undoubtedly be a safer place now this man is serving another well-deserved prison sentence.’
PC Slocombe added: ‘We remain absolutely determined to deter and arrest those who commit burglary crime, but it is also so important to remember that many burglaries are opportunistic and often preventable.
‘Our message to residents and business owners alike is to remain vigilant. Always double lock doors and windows and deterrent devices like CCTV should be well-maintained, so they can capture as clear images as possible.’