Police put up reward to help catch Polegate burglar

Jonathon William King SUS-150601-152433001
Jonathon William King SUS-150601-152433001

A £1,000 reward has been put up for information that leads to the arrest of a burglar who failed to turn up to court.

Jonathon William King, 43, was charged with breaking into a home in Cowbeech on 1 July 2013 during which more than £50,000 of antique silverware was stolen.

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 he failed to answer his bail and he was convicted and jailed for eight years in his absence. £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, who has connections in Eastbourne, Polegate, Lewes and Hastings and also Sittingbourne area of Kent.

Chief Inspector Gary Pike, Sussex Police’s Wealden district commander, 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.”

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 567 of 18/11, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.