Burglar spotted getting in taxi with 32in plasma TV
A PROLIFIC burglar who broke into a home while a young family slept has left them living in fear.
Gary Antony Way, 28, broke in through the kitchen window while the mum and her two young daughters were asleep.
But he was swiftly caught after witnesses spotted him getting into a taxi nearby carrying a stolen 32in plasma television.
Prosecutor Jharna Jobes told Hull Crown Court: "The victim and her children were asleep.
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"When they came down the next morning they found the kitchen window had been forced and property had been taken.
"They called the police and witnesses told them they had seen the defendant getting into a taxi with a large television set. He was later arrested."
Way stole the television, a Nintendo Wii and 20 DVDs from the east Hull property.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the mum said she is thinking of moving house after the burglary.
She said: "I'm looking to move after this. I'm a single mum with two young children.
"I've been left feeling very frightened and vulnerable and I don't like to be in on my own.
"I'm also worried about my children's safety.
"They were asleep at the time, just a few doors away, when he entered the house."
Way, of Valiant Drive, east Hull, pleaded guilty to burglary.
The court heard it was the fifth home Way has burgled.
His barrister John Thackray said: "He knows he is facing a custodial sentence.
"There has been a lot going on in his life.
"His partner is expecting their child."
Way also admitted stealing an £8 cake from the Co-op in Greenwich Avenue, Hull, on May 13, groceries from the Co-op on May 12 and possessing cannabis.
Judge David Tremberg, sentencing Way to two years and nine months, told him: "You are just a persistent house burglar.
"You have got a rotten record for house burglary, not to mention all the other stuff.
"Here you are again back before the court for house burglary and offences of theft and drugs.
"Some people never recover from the sense of instability and insecurity they feel once they have been burgled and, quite clearly, what you did left this complainant feeling extremely vulnerable."