When Emil Metodiev raided the Toms’ home in Ladram Road, Thorpe Bay, he wasn’t prepared for what happened next.
Trevor Toms, 62, chased him into the street in his dressing gown, alongside son Adam, 19, who was barefoot.
Neighbours managed to alert police as the pair tracked Metodiev through neighbouring gardens before the burglar was finally nabbed by police.
And if you ponder at the less-than-good-old-Southend name there…
The prolific criminal, who has a string of previous convictions for theft and burglary in his native Bulgaria, was jailed for 16 months at Basildon Crown Court yesterday.
Came over to make a fresh start, did he?
Richard Kelly, prosecuting said: “He had only been in the UK for eight days and had no independent means of income.
“It is not unreasonable to conclude the reason he came to the UK was to commit crime.”
No. It isn’t. Is it?
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