Burglar: ‘I’m fed up with running’
A CRIMINAL confessed to 25 house burglaries saying he was “fed up with running”.
Steven Parker pleaded guilty to four break-ins and asked for 21 others to be taken into consideration when he appeared at Ashford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Gemma Webb, prosecuting, told the court that Parker broke into homes in the early hours of the morning, often when the occupants were upstairs asleep.“He says he committed the offences to clear a drug debt,” she said.
Tony Harden, for Parker, said: “He has put his hand up. He wants to clear this up and get it sorted. He is fed up with running.”
The four burglaries Parker pleaded guilty to were on November 6 and 22 and two last Thursday.
Parker, 37, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody and magistrates committed him for sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court at a date to be fixed.
Outside court, South Kent Police said that the four bur- glaries Parker admitted were in the Kennington area and he was arrested on the day of the last two.
Officers said they are carrying out high visibility patrols because of the risk of increased burglaries in the run-up to the festive season.
Neighbourhood watch co-ordinators have been sent advice to distribute to their members and police have given guidance to householders to keep out burglars.
This includes locking doors and windows, keeping cash in the bank for as long as possible, using security lights and timer switches and keeping valuables such as wallets in a secure place.