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Jail for thief who fled scene on pedal bike wearing pink dressing gown

The unusual garb helped police catch the burglar.

General view of Maidstone Crown Court (Tom Pugh/PA)
General view of Maidstone Crown Court (Tom Pugh/PA)

A thief who made his getaway from a burglary on a pedal bike and wearing a light pink dressing gown has been jailed for five years and three months.

The hooded gown worn by Wayne Austin, 37, was among the items along with jewellery and electrical equipment worth thousands of pounds, he had just stolen from a raid on a home in Northfleet, Kent, on August 6.

Kent Police said the eye-catching outfit, which he wore over his casual clothes and topped off with a baseball cap and a supermarket plastic bag, was a clue which led to his arrest.

Austin, of Princes Road in Gravesend, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, Kent Police said.

The victims had returned home after an evening shopping trip to find numerous items had been thrown around in the bedrooms and drawers had been emptied.

A high performance laptop, tablet computers and a mixture of gold and diamond jewellery had been stolen, police said.

Wayne makes his escape (Kent Police/PA)

Austin was arrested on August 9 after CCTV cameras placed him in the area.

He was recorded him walking towards the victim’s address but another camera, further down the street, failed to pick him up.

This suggested he had stopped off somewhere in between, according to Kent Police.

Wayne Austin was jailed (Kent Police/PA)

He was caught on the same camera about half an hour later, this time carrying an orange bag for life and wearing a light pink dressing gown.

After sentencing Detective Constable Steve Brown said: “Austin has caused the victims to this offence a significant amount of distress and I hope that this sentence provides them with some reassurance.

“He cared little for the impact his offending would have on the people he targeted and was motivated purely by the desire to steal what was not his for his own selfish needs.”

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