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Thief Jailed After Being Caught On Dashcam Of Car He Stole

A thief who has a passing resemblance to footballer Jermaine Defoe, has been jailed after his movements were caught on the dashcam of a car he had stolen, which was discovered in Swanley.

Images of Luke Carney were recovered by officers after they located a Jaguar taken from outside an address in Bexley last year.

The vehicle had been reported stolen during the early hours of 4th December 2022, but tracking software led to its recovery by police less than an hour later.

When the victim checked the dashcam, it showed a suspect returning to the car to turn off the lights. These images were sent to officers, who immediately recognised Carney due to previous dealings with him.

The hapless thief stands in front of the running dashcam

On 14th December, the 25-year-old was arrested near to his home address in Heath Close, Swanley.

Searches at the property then led to the discovery of quantities of cannabis, as well as cash and items including slingshots and ball-bearings.

A car key was also found in his possession, and this was linked by officers to a Range Rover stolen just days before from outside Swanley train station.

Carney was charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and with possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on 17th April 2023 was sentenced to two-and-half years’ imprisonment.

Cash seized from his address, totalling £360, was ordered by the court to go to a local charity.

Residents and businesses in the local area will hopefully also be reassured that Carney is now serving time

Residents and businesses in the area will hopefully be reassured that Carney is now serving time

Detective Sergeant Hayley Chilmaid said ‘Carney is a prolific criminal who will take any opportunity to steal from other people. He is a person who clearly has no regard for the impact his offending will have on his victims and despite several previous warnings and chances offered by the courts seems completely unwilling to change his ways. Offenders like Carney persistently prey upon hard working and law-abiding residents, targeting cars and property with the aim of stealing anything they can get their hands on’.

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