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Bexleyheath thief jailed for five years after stealing £40,000 BMW in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 12:35 04 January 2016

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Danny Tony Simpson, 26, of Barrington Road, was one of two men who broke into a house in Astra Drive

A man who stole a BMW worth £40,000 from a property in Gravesend has been jailed for five years.

Danny Tony Simpson, 26, of Barrington Road, Bexleyheath, was one of two men who broke into a house in Astra Drive, Gravesend, and stole the keys to the car.

But officers arrested Simpson within hours of the offence which occurred on June 22 this year, and recovered the car shortly after.

Despite his not guilty plea the jury heard how forensic evidence taken from the steering wheel of the car linked Simpson to the vehicle.

CCTV was also viewed showing a suspect wearing the same clothing that Simpson had on at the time of his arrest.

Simpson, who was sentenced on December 22 at Maidstone Crown Court, spent Christmas behind bars after he was found guilty of one count of burglary and one count of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A second man was also arrested by officers working on the case.

Colin Jack Wilkins, 25, of Downe Close, Welling, has admitted his part in the burglary and taking the vehicle.

He will be sentenced by the court at a later date.

The officer in charge of the case, Detective Constable Robin Hemsley, said: “Simpson was located in the Woolwich area just hours after the crime had been committed.

“Despite concocting an elaborate story to absolve him of blame, the jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict and I am satisfied with the sentence issued.”

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