Wanted burglar could be in Kent police warned

Sussex Police image - wanted burglar Jonathan William King
Sussex Police image - wanted burglar Jonathan William King

A man who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his part in a £50,000 burglary in Cowbeech is still missing, police have said.

A reward has been put up to try and find wanted burglar Jonathon William King, who police say could now be in Kent.

The 43-year-old was charged with breaking into a home in Cowbeech on July 1 in 2013 during which more than £50,000 of antique silverware was stolen, police said.

King was standing trial at Hove Crown Court when he was given bail to go to hospital on November 17 after saying he had suffered a fall.

The next day police said he allegedly failed to answer his bail and he was convicted and jailed for eight years in his absence.

Police said £1,870 that was seized from him when he was originally arrested was ordered to be paid to the victim as compensation.

A £1,000 reward has now been put up for information that leads to the arrest of King.

Police said he has connections in Lewes, Eastbourne, Polegate and Hastings and also Sittingbourne area of Kent.

Chief Inspector Gary Pike, Sussex Police’s Wealden district commander, said the force needs the public’s help to try and arrest King.

He said his last known address was in Southfield in Polegate.

The chief inspector said the public should not approach King and instead call 999.

He said: “King has a history of committing crime in Wealden so we are determined to find and arrest him as quickly as we can.

“We need the public’s help to find him so that he can be arrested and returned to custody to serve his sentence.

“King’s last known address was Southfields in Polegate but we do not know where he is currently.

“If you have any idea where he could be, please contact us.

“If you see him, do not approach him but instead call 999.”

Fellow defendant Stephen Robertson-Turner, 64, was found guilty of handling stolen goods during the same trial, police said.

Robertson-Turner, of Handcross Road, Plummers Plain, was jailed for five years and six months.

At the trial Robertson-Turner was ordered to pay £4,800 compensation to the victim, police said.