Rushden burglar and car thief jailed

Karl Rayner, who has been jailed for four years after committing a string of burglaries

Karl Rayner, who has been jailed for four years after committing a string of burglaries

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A man burgled three homes, attempted to break into two more and stole two cars in a crime spree lasting just a few hours.

Karl Rayner, 38, of Park Road, Rushden, appeared at Northampton Crown Court this week where he was found guilty of the offences, which all took place in Rushden and nearby villages.

The court was told how Rayner left his bedsit flat in the early hours of July 14 last year and broke into two homes near to where he lived, threatening to kill one man who disturbed him.

He stole a VW Golf from one of the homes after taking the car keys but promptly crashed it into a ditch in Wymington where he broke into another home.

He later broke into another house in Podington and stole a Saab 93 from the driveway.

Rayner left a number of clues, including his mobile phone at the scene of one of the break-ins.

A watch taken in one of the burglaries was found in his flat and a set of stolen car keys was found in the house where he was arrested.

In court, Rayner blamed the crimes on a man who lived in the same block of flats and on two people in the house where he was arrested.

Rayner, facing three charges of burglary, two of attempted burglary, two of driving while disqualified, and two of stealing motor vehicles, received various concurrent sentences which amounted to four years in prison.

He was also given a four-year driving ban.