JAILED: Burglar Stephen McIntyre
A BURGLAR who broke into a Herne Bay home and then stole a car has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
Stephen Alan McIntyre, 20, previously of High Street, Ramsgate, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday where he was sentenced to two years eight months in prison.
He pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing.
In the early hours of June 24, McIntyre was spotted by unmarked officers driving a Renault Megane erratically around Ramsgate.
He was later found in Broadstairs Road by a patrol but when he saw police officers he drove off at speed to evade arrest.
The Renault was later found abandoned and McIntyre was arrested at his home a short time later.
Further enquiries found the keys of Renault had been stolen from an address in Coventry Gardens during a burglary hours earlier. A quantity of cash had also been taken.
Detective Sergeant Neil Watford from Kent Police said: ‘McIntyre was positively identified by the officers in the unmarked patrol car as he drove erratically around Ramsgate.
‘McIntyre made off, thinking he had avoided arrest, but we located him again and brought him into custody. Thanks to some good old-fashioned police work the true extent of McIntyre’s night of offending came to light.
‘I’m pleased with the court’s sentencing – it sends a message that crime in Kent will not be tolerated.’