Burglar who snuck through cat flap caught after eating fishcake

Gina has been jailed for two years and four months

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A burglar who squeezed through a cat flap to steal from a house in Kent was caught after he snacked on a fishcake and left his DNA at the scene.

Jan Gina, 20, crept into the house in Folkestone and stole bank cards, bottles of wine, clothes and handbags in the middle of the night on May 9 while the occupants were asleep.

The hungry thief also helped himself to a cooked fishcake from his victim’s fridge, which he left half-eaten on the kitchen table before exiting the property.

The crime was reported to Kent Police who identified Gina’s DNA on the fishcake and tracked him down four days later.

He was found hiding in a wardrobe in a disused building.

Officers recovered the stolen items and also found five bags of herbal cannabis in Gina's backpack.

The defendant was charged with burglary and possession of cannabis, which he initially denied - claiming he did not even like fish.

Gina later pleaded guilty and this week he was sentenced to two years and four months in prison at Canterbury Crown Court.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable 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.”

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