Jail for teen burglar who posted films of his crimes on social media

Emily Cleary
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Dylan Monks has been jailed for one year and seven months for a string of burglaries. He was caught after posting video footage of his crimes on scial media (Kent Police)
Dylan Monks has been jailed for one year and seven months for a string of burglaries. He was caught after posting video footage of his crimes on scial media (Kent Police)

A teenager who posted videos and photos on social media of after breaking into homes has been jailed.

Dylan Monks, 19, of Rochester, Kent, posted a film of himself breaking into a car and was arrested soon after.

Investigating officer PC Tom Slocombe said: “Monks brazenly posted videos and photos of himself committing these crimes, without any care of being caught by Kent Police.

“He targeted several addresses where residents were at home sleeping and caused them considerable stress and upset. He is a prolific burglar and I hope that the victims of his crimes can rest a little easier knowing he has been jailed.”

Monks was jailed for one year and seven months at Maidstone Crown Court after admitting six counts of burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, and handling stolen goods.

Arrested man in handcuffs with handcuffed hands behind back
Monks was arrested and charged with six counts of burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and handling stolen goods (Getty stock picture)

The teen, who was 17 at the time of the offences, admitted burgling the properties in the early hours across Medway in Kent last year.

Between 5 and 6 February 2019 an Audi was stolen from a driveway after the car keys were stolen from inside the house. A second home was burgled in the same road on the same night where a laptop was stolen.

Following this burglary, a third break-in was reported where keys, phones and cash were stolen, then another shortly after where car keys to two vehicles were also stolen.

Jewellery was also stolen from a house in Gillingham, Kent, between 7 and 8 February before Monks was finally arrested on 8 February.

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While making enquiries officers found that he had posted videos and photos on social media of himself and another person stealing an Audi. The stolen laptop and other items were also found in a premises used by Monks, along with red gloves which were visibly seen in the social media videos.

During the investigation a 16-year-old boy from London was also arrested.

Officers found the teenager in possession of the jewellery stolen from one of the homes. The teenager was subsequently charged with three counts of burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and theft. He is due to be sentenced in March 2021.

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