A hungry burglar who squeezed through a cat flap stole goods and helped himself to food from his victim’s kitchen has been jailed for more than two years.
Jan Gina stole bottles of wine, clothes, a handbag and bank cards during his thieving spree inside a property in Earls Avenue, Folkestone on Thursday 9 May 2019.
The 20-year-old squeezed into the home in the middle of the night while the occupants were asleep.
He stopped for a snack, helping himself to a cooked fishcake, then left the property and the food half-eaten on the kitchen table.
The burglary was reported to Kent Police, and Gina’s DNA was found on the half-eaten fishcake that he had left behind.
Enquiries to locate him led officers to a disused building in Grimston Gardens where Gina was found hiding in a wardrobe on Monday 13 May.
The stolen items were also located there, and Gina was found with five bags of herbal cannabis in his backpack.
The thief from Cambridge Gardens in Folkestone was charged with burglary and possession of cannabis.
Despite initially denying the charges and claiming he did not like fish, he later pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 4 September 2019 to two years and four months in prison.
Investigating officer, DC Beth Gumley, said:
‘Gina crept around the property while the victims were inside, asleep, and completely unaware.
‘Luckily, we were able to return the stolen items, and Gina has now been imprisoned.
‘Burglary is such an intrusive crime, and the impact on victims is not underestimated.
‘This is why we will do everything within our power to seek justice and ensure those breaking the law are put before the courts.’