A prolific Ramsgate thief has been jailed for multiple burglary attempts after he was caught on CCTV trying to break into a house using a garden fork.
Jason Pitt, 45, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for the offences carried out in July 2018.
On Sunday 15 July 2018 at around 3pm Pitt tried and failed to get into the house in Victoria Parade. Despite his failed attempt he was caught on camera trying to force open a window using a garden fork. The evidence was given to police.
Less than an hour later he tried to break in to another property through the window, this time in Grange Road. The house was empty at the time but a resident heard banging and called police. Pitt fled the scene leaving his handprint on the window.
On Tuesday 17 July 2018 Pitt attempted another burglary at a house in Bramble Lane, Margate. The victim came home at around 6pm to find her front door broken. Despite the damage Pitt had not managed to get inside and nothing had been taken.
At around 6.30pm Pitt, from Conyngham Close, was stopped in a vehicle and arrested. He was found in possession of jewellery stolen from a house in Chapel Road, Ramsgate on Sunday 15 July 2018.
He was also linked to a burglary in Ramsgate Road, Margate on Monday 9 July 2018 where designer jewellery and a car key was stolen.
On January 22 Pitt was sentenced to four years and eight months at Canterbury Crown Court after admitting to burglary, handling stolen goods and three counts of attempted burglary.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Daniel Adelsberg said:”‘Pitt is a repeat offender who has landed a strong sentence after causing distress to Thanet residents. He showed no remorse for the homes he damaged and possessions he stole.
“Burglary can have such a detrimental impact on victims and we will always do everything within our power to see that justice is done.”