Burglar jailed after getting caught hiding behind tree in Horsham

A burglar who was caught hiding behind a tree in the back garden of a house in Horsham has been jailed.

Police were called to a property in Black Horse Way just before 10.30pm on Saturday (August, 18).

Ionel Radut, 39, of no fixed address was discovered hiding behind a tree with socks over his hands.

He was holding a bag containing 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 (September, 26) 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.”