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North Yorkshire Police catch up with thief on-the-run

Michael Edward Kenny

5:17pm 12th May 2011

A prolific antiques burglar is today facing eight years and eight months in jail after police curtailed his life on the run. 

50 year old Michael Edward Kenny from London, who was already facing eight years imprisonment, was today (Thursday 12trh May 2011) given an additional eight months by Judge Stephen Ashurst at York Crown Court.

Kenny has been on the run from police since November 2007 when he failed to turn up for his trial on 13 November 2007.

He was found guilty in his absence of six high-value burglaries following the theft of antiques, paintings and jewellery worth thousands of pounds from six houses in the Malton, Great Broughton and York areas.  He was sentenced to eight years in jail on 15th November 2007.

An bench warrant for his arrest was issued by the court on 13th November 2007 and extensive police enquiries followed.

Despite attempts to cover his tracks and living under false names, police tracked Kenny down to Luton in Bedfordshire where he was arrested on 6th May. 

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, said:

“Today’s outcome is the result of a determined and tenacious team of police officers and staff and I am extremely pleased that we have finally been able to bring Kenny to justice.

“His sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes, and will hopefully bring some closure to the victims of his crimes.

“Kenny’s arrest sends a clear message to the criminal world that we will never give up searching for those people who believe they can evade justice.

“This is an excellent example of how police forces work together, sharing information and intelligence to bring offenders to justice. My thanks go to the Bedfordshire officers for their help in apprehending Kenny.”

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