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Gravesend burglar twice caught in the act jailed

PUBLISHED: 17:08 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:08 10 November 2015

Daniel Zajac

Daniel Zajac

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The man, formerly of Gravesend was setenced to 26 months in prison

A burglar who was spotted by his victims as he two robbed Gravesend homes has been sentenced to 26 months in prison.

23-year-old Daniel Zajac, formerly of the The Grove in Gravesend, targeted two properties in July.

The burglar’s first victim, in Berkley Crescent, returned home from work in the early hours of July 15, to find his laptop, a portable DVD player and $40 in cash had been taken.

The victim than caught Zajac return to the property, attempting to get in through his window.

Zajac then fled the scene.

Shortly after he entered a property in Wrotham Road, awaking one of the occupants.

After leaving his bedroom, the victim confronted Zajac, who claimed he was looking for somewhere to sleep before the occupant attempted to detain him.

The burglar then fled into the back garden, where the victim found his television, while Zajac had escaped.

Zajac was identified in an identity parade and he was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on October 30, having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.

Detective constable Robin Hemsley, said: “I’m happy we’ve managed to get swift justice for Zajac’s two victims, whose support during this investigation is greatly appreciated.

“I hope the defendant spends his time in prison reflecting upon his actions and the impact they have on other people.

“I would also like to remind the public that we have approached the time of year where reports of burglaries are most prevalent.

“In response to this we are running Op Castle, an annual campaign which targets burglars and issues crime prevention advice.”

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