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Dartford burglar who urinated on beds caught by police thanks to tracking app
A TRACKING app led to the capture of a prolific burglar responsible for a spate of Dartford break-ins where he urinated on beds.
Ion-Liviu Radita, 36, was sentenced to seven years in jail for a string of 11 burglaries in Dartford and Sevenoaks.
The Romanian national was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary in May this year and sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday (Oct 23).
He broke into seven properties in Dartford across eight days - five of which were concentrated on a small area in Brentlands Drive, Beech Road, Berkeley Crescent and two in Myrtle Road.
In both properties in Myrtle Road, he was found to have urinated on the beds.
In each case, emtry was by smashing in a back door or window.
His spree came to an end when an stolen iPad had a ‘Find My iPhone’ app which officers tracked down to his home in Eynsford Road in Ilford, Essex.
Detectives tracked a red Nissan Primera and proved it travelled to Kent at the exact time each burglary occurred.
A search carried out on May 30 revealed Radita was in possession of more than
than 100 items of stolen jewellery.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Bill Looker, of Kent Police, said: "Radita was calculated about the way he went about these burglaries.
"He knew what he was after: laptops, electronic devices and jewellery, which were items he knew he could move on quickly and make a quick buck.
"With the help of the ‘Find my iPhone’ app we were able to tie his location to a small number of addresses and from there it was a case of using other tools available to us such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras to keep tabs and track the car we knew was being used to commit these burglaries."
He added: "Fighting this type of crime remains a high priority and we will use a range of tactics available to us to ensure that we continue to bring offenders to justice as we continue our campaign against burglary."
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