Dagenham man, 20, jailed after string of vehicle thefts in Kent

Kyle Ainsley, 20, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after stealing vehicles from the driveways

Kyle Ainsley, 20, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after stealing vehicles from the driveways in Kent. Picture: Kent Police - Credit: Archant

A Dagenham man who stole vehicles from driveways in Kent has been sent to a young offenders’ institution.

Kyle Ainsley, 20, of Pettit's Place, committed a string of offences last year, targeting homes in Maidstone and Medway.

During the early hours of August 23, 2018, people living in a property in the village of East Farleigh, near Maidstone, were disturbed by a car engine running outside.

They saw Ainsley driving off in their Audi A3, which had been parked on the driveway.

Two days later, a Citroen C3 was stolen after a house in the Medway town of Strood was burgled.

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Another car theft took place a short time later, when a Volkswagen Tiguan was stolen from a different road in Strood.

On that occasion, the front door was forced open with a screwdriver and the keys taken.

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Ainsley was arrested on September 6 in Essex.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and a charge of attempted burglary at Maidstone Crown Court. Another six offences will lie on file.

Ainsley was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders' institution on Monday, December 2.

Detective Constable Dan Bister, who lead the investigation, said: "Ainsley was intent on stealing valuable cars from the driveways of Kent residents in the depths of the night.

"Driving with no insurance or valid licence, he also posed a significant threat to other drivers on the road at the time of the crimes.

"He is still a young man and I only hope this sentence will at least cause him to reflect on his actions and perhaps begin to understand the profound and long lasting impact burglary offences have on victims."

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