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"Missing" burglar avoids jail
A WOMAN who burgled two homes during a major missing person search for her after she was seen being dragged into a car has avoided prison.
Drug addict Kariss Clarke, 23, from New Waverley Road, Noak Bridge, admitted breaking into two homes in Ilford with boyfriend Jimmy McCann in April.
The crimes took place during a high-profile police search reported in the Echo which was sparked after a witness saw her assaulted and dragged into a black Jaguar in Seaview Avenue, Vange, at 9.30pm on Friday, April 13.
Clarke appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court where she was sentenced to a two-year supervision order.
This includes a six-month drug rehabilitation referal order and a separate education programme.
In September McCann, 30, from Hovefields Avenue, Wickford, was jailed for 28 months after he admitted his part in the burglaries soon after Clarke’s disappearance.
The burglaries happened while Essex Police’s serious crime squad was trying to trace the pair amid fears Kariss had been kidnapped.
She was reported after a resident said he saw her being assaulted by a man and bundled into the car.
The car, which turned out to have been stolen during a burglary in Ongar days earlier, was found dumped in Vange two days later.
It sparked a two-week missing person inquiry, involving a search of Canvey Marshes.
However, it was scaled down after Clarke contacted relatives by telephone.
Later, the pair were arrested in Forest Gate, near Ilford, after the burglaries.
They admitted entering a property in Cranley Drive, Ilford, with the intention of burgling it and pleaded guilty to a burglary in Springfield Drive, Ilford, the following day, where cash was taken.
Clarke was interviewed about the theft of the Jaguar, but released without charge. McCann has been bailed in connection with the offence.