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A hero postman and neighbours caught a vile burglar who raided a family home and ran off with a £2,000 watch, a court heard.
Prolific drug addict thief Daniel Robertson and an accomplice were spotted by the postie as they left the house in Plymouth.
The postman alerted residents who gave chase – and they managed to grab and restrain the 41-year-old with the watch.
The other man escaped with another valuable watch and jewellery worth at least £13,000 from the home in Stoke, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Jailing Robertson for two years, Recorder Malcolm Galloway said: “You and another man were seen by a postman jumping over a wall with an alarm sounding.
“In the best traditions of the postal service, he alerted neighbours. They chased and restrained you and you were found with a silver and gold watch worth £2,000.”
The judge added that the total value of the haul was at least £15,000, including a watch worth £10,000 and jewellery of huge sentimental value.
Recorder Galloway added: “Reading the victim impact statement, it is plain that this has affected the whole family. The daughter has trouble sleeping and the family have brought forward plans they had to move house.”
The judge said that Robertson had many previous offences for theft.
He had been released from prison only days before from a 10-month prison sentence imposed at the same court for affray.
Robertson, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary of the home in Molesworth Road on August 1.
Francesca Whebell, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the two burglars had used crow bars to lever open windows.
She added that Robertson was also caught with gloves he used to leave no forensic trace.
Katie Churcher, for Robertson, said he had been unable to conquer a longstanding drug habit.
She added he had relapsed because of trouble with his accommodation and also after a family member had fallen seriously ill.
Miss Churcher said that Robertson then met the other man and they planned the burglary.
The barrister added that he had pleaded guilty as soon as he had arrived at the court.
Recorder Galloway said that Robertson had refused to name his accomplice, making it impossible for police to track down the stolen valuables.