Bungling burglar caught after he left his phone at his victim’s home

Bungling burglar is jailed after he left his phone, shoes and bicycle at victim’s home in rush to leave as owner disturbed him during break-in

  • Scott Parker snatched several designer handbags from home in Tunbridge Wells 
  • The thief had taken his shoes off in the hope of sneaking around the property 
  • But the 44-year-old fled in a panic when the homeowner confronted him  
  • Jailed for 15 months after assaulting one officer and racially abusing another 

Scott Parker (pictured) broke into a home in Tunbridge Wells only to leave behind his phone at the scene, allowing police to identify him easily

A burglar was snared after leaving his bicycle, shoes and mobile phone behind at the crime scene.

Scott Parker broke into a home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on July 2 this year and pinched several designer handbags worth £4,500, a pair of pyjama bottoms and some toiletries.

After being disturbed by the homeowner, however, the 44-year-old – who had taken his shoes off so he could creep around silently – fled the scene.

The bungling burglar, however, forgot to pick up his shoes and mobile phone – and even forgot to take his bike, which he had left outside the property.

The homeowner called 999 and officers had the relatively simple task of tracking down the crook, who was easily identified by details found on his phone and phone data which placed him at the scene at the time of the break-in.

The crook was caged for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday after being convicted of burglary, assault, using threatening words and behaviour, breaching a criminal behaviour order, two thefts and criminal damage.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘A Tunbridge Wells thief was caught after leaving his own possessions at a crime scene.

‘Scott Parker broke into a property and stole designer handbags, toiletries and a pair of pyjama bottoms.

‘Upon being disturbed by the homeowner, he fled the scene leaving his bike, shoes and phone behind.’

He added: ‘When patrols arrived they discovered a handbag, toiletries and clothing on the flat roof.

‘A silver mountain bike, a pair of shoes and a mobile phone had also been left at the scene. Investigating officers used mobile phone data to place Parker at the scene.

Parker was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court (pictured) after he racially abused one of his arresting police officers 

‘During his arrest he assaulted one police officer and racially abused another. Whilst in custody he physically and verbally abused staff and urinated over the cell door and custody area floor.

‘He went on to destroy a police telephone that he was meant to be using to call his solicitor.

‘Parker was later charged with burglary, assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of using threatening and abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress and racially or religiously aggravated harassment.

‘He was further charged with two thefts relating to previous shoplifting offences, breaching a criminal behaviour order and two offences of criminal damage.’

PC Lucy Basson said: ‘Parker not only burgled a home and stole from shops, he also subjected police officers to abhorrent physical and verbal abuse.

‘His persistent thieving and disgusting behaviour has resulted in him being taken off the streets. I am pleased he will no longer be a threat to members of the public or police officers.’

Last year Parker was banned from more than 120 pubs and shops in Tunbridge Wells and handed a five-year criminal behaviour order. 


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