Paul Ellis (pictured, left, after his arrest and, right, on CCTV) took cash and sentimental items from victims in villages around facebook.com/hashtag/canterbury?__eep__=6&__cft__=AZXgY3FXPYtE2ElWAgbZ3BRtxIGFQXy9OAV5qzLb1Pn18_fJn9tU53UnCra9AtjKcA64yqk9lfQJbjDs9Gi817cxunykxlOt3tdDdlaaBWuJO-PlU_782y389sVa7FnilOOEBhJT0glH99bcLXvUHtkotdbKd3heErOT6iAdNl6vNjaGaOGsufeYwvvUqohPB6w&__tn__=*NK-R">#Canterbury in June and August 2020.
The first offence took place in Wingham on 20 June 2020, when Ellis stole a purse, a wallet and cash from a property whose owners were in the back garden.
He then returned to the property two months later, but when one of the owners answered the door to him, he claimed to be from the police, investigating the original offence.
On the same day, 6 August, another Wingham resident saw Ellis leaving his property and confronted him, but Ellis left the scene before the man realised his mobile phone had been taken.
The following week, on 11 August, Ellis told a woman in her 80s in Faversham that he had been sent to her home to fit fire alarms.
After he left, she discovered her late husband’s signet ring, an engagement ring and two other pieces of jewellery had been stolen.
Then on the 16 August, Ellis went to the Sturry home of a vulnerable woman in her 70s. He told her he was from the council before stealing ornamental plates.
The Citroen was seen by officers in Hersden on 18 August, pursued and stopped and Ellis was arrested along with another man, Dean Bushell.
Bushell, 35, of Acacia Drive, Hersden, later admitted three burglary charges in relation to driving Ellis to the offences on 6 August and was jailed for one year at the same hearing as Ellis.