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Four to be sentenced following Margate burglary

February 19, 2013, 1:18 pm

A man who pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods is due to be sentenced along with three others who admitted their part in a Margate burglary.

18-year-old Benjamin Kyte of Westover Road, Broadstairs appeared before Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, 18 February 2013 to answer charges of handling stolen goods. The court appearance was made whilst Kent Police are running Operation Castle, a campaign to tackle burglary in the County.

Kyte admitted handling a Samsung television, a Hanspree television and a Sky HD box which had been stolen from a burglary in Ethelbert Terrace, Margate on 16 August 2012. The items had a value of over £1800 and had been stolen whilst the owner was on holiday.

28-year-old Richard Whiteside of Greylands Court, Cliftonville had previously appeared at Canterbury Court and admitted the burglary. Two teenagers a 16-year-old from Margate and a 17-year-old from Ramsgate have also pleaded guilty to the same offence.

The four were arrested following an operation by officers from The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate to combat burglary in the East of the county in September last year. 11 people were arrested during the initiative and a vast amount of stolen property seized. Sentencing has provisionally been set for the week commencing 18 March 2013.

Detective Constable Paul Hobbs of The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: `Burglary is a crime that often has a huge impact on the victims, making them feel unsafe in their own homes.

‘These four were arrested following months of investigative work and the case we had built with the CPS gave them no other option but to plead guilty.

‘This action underlines the Forces commitment to tackle burglary in Kent.

Currently police are running Operation Castle, a campaign aimed at tackling burglary and vehicle thefts. The operation was launched on 5 February and so far over 100 people have been arrested and 51 warrants executed.

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