A thief has been jailed after the victim found him in public and detained him.
The unnamed victim had been working in his home garage in Basildon on Thursday, 13 October before going into the house for a five minute rest.
But upon his return, he noticed two of his motorcycle helmets along with other items were missing.
The victim jumped into his van and scoured the area in a bid to locate the thief.
He later saw a man, identified as Martin Pardoe, walking down the road carrying his crash helmets and angle grinder.
He followed the thief in his van for a short while before detaining him and calling the police.
Officers rushed to the scene and arrested Pardoe, who also had stolen cannabis and cash on him.
During his interview at the police station, Pardoe confirmed he had entered the garage and stole the goods.
Pardoe, from Dagenham, also admitted causing damage to the holding cell by spitting on it. When asked to stop, he spat at the police officer.
Pardoe, 29, was charged with burglary, possession of cannabis, criminal damage and assault on an emergency worker. He pladed guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 15 October.
He was later jailed for a year for burglary and also sentenced to two months imprisonment for drug possession and assault, and a month for criminal damage.
PC Lewis, from Essex Police, said:“Burglary is an invasive crime: investigating burglaries and supporting victims is a priority for us because we know the impact having your home broken into can have.
“Martin Pardoe was caught on CCTV entering and leaving the garage, leaving him no option but to admit his guilt.”