Prison sentence for burglar hiding behind a tree
A burglar who tried to hide in the back garden of a Horsham house been given a custodial sentence.
Ionel Radut, 39, of no fixed address was found by police officers hiding behind a tree with socks over his hands after police received a call from a member of a public reporting suspicious behaviour.
Officers attended the property in Black Horse Way, Horsham, just before 10.30pm on Saturday 18 August. They discovered Radut in the garden with a bag of items – two iPhones, an iPod, a bum bag and £226 in cash – stolen from the property.
Radut was arrested and charged with one count of burglary dwelling with intent to steal. He pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday 26 September and was given a nine month prison sentence.
Detective Constable Rebecca Buckley said: “We would like to praise the member of the public for calling us without delay to report the suspicious behaviour. Due to their quick-thinking, officers were able to respond quickly to the call and arrest Radut.
“We welcome the sentence given by the courts and hope this sends out a strong message that we will continue to prioritise the offences that cause the greatest harm to victims and communities.”