A burglar has been jailed after taking a ‘selfie’ - then inadvertently sending it to his victim’s work colleagues.
Ashley Keast, aged 25, received a two-year and eight-month jail term at Sheffield Crown Court, and his sidekick Anthony Hunt, 27, was locked up for 18 months, after both admitted burglary.
The pair had broken into a couple’s house while they were on holiday last September, and when the householder returned days late, he found the rear patio door had been forced and electrical items, sentimental jewellery and an Audi A4 - together worth around £27,000 - had been stolen.
The car was found crashed a short time afterwards at Centenary Way in Rotherham.
On the night of the offence, the culprits had borrowed a friend’s car to buy cigarettes – but instead committed burglary.
Keast, of Norfolk Court, Rotherham, stole a SIM card from the property and, using another phone, took a ‘selfie’ and posted it on the ‘whats app’ messenger application.
But unknowingly he also sent the picture to the victim’s work colleagues, who became suspicious and contacted police.
The following day the pair were arrested.
A stolen Rolex watch, worth £4,000, was found wrapped in a towel behind a radiator at Keast’s town centre flat and later returned to the victim, of Fernleigh Drive, Brinsworth.
PC Adam Broughton, of South Yorkshire Police, said after the case: “Burglaries cause victims a great deal of pain and suffering and in this case many items of sentimental value can never be replaced.
“The result of this case should act as a deterrent to would-be offenders who should think twice about committing such offences.”