A Rotherham drug addict with an ‘utterly appalling’ record was caught red-handed by police carrying a bag full of stolen loot.
Wayne White, aged 42, of Dovercourt Road, Masbrough, Rotherham, was arrested after attempting to sell a stolen ring in a shop close to a home he had burgled on Broom Road, Broom.
He stole jewellery, rucksacks, two sets of car keys and medication after ransacking the home.
The shop owner became suspicious, called the police and White was caught by officers close by.
White admitted burglary and was jailed for two years at Sheffield Crown Court.
The court heard he has a criminal record stretching back to the 1980s and committed the burglary while the subject of a community order.
Recorder Simon Hirst said: “You have an utterly appalling record of dishonesty.”
And he said he would not get away with it.
“You ransacked the house, kicked doors in and caused a significant amount of damage,” he added.
Despite being caught red-handed White only pleaded guilty to the offence just before he was due to stand trial, when the prosecution presented evidence of his footprints found at the scene of the break-in.
Susan Evans, prosecuting, said White’s victim told police the break-in was ‘deeply upsetting’ and it felt like his family home had been violated.
“It angers me that people are allowed to do this,” he said.
The court heard White had a criminal record stretching back to the 1980s.
He was given a 27-month jail term in 2008 for a house burglary and another 24-week sentence in March this year for dishonesty.
Nicola Quinney, defending White, said his offending was linked to his long term drug use.
“He has got to the age where he is beginning to understand that his behaviour is not a lifestyle he wants to continue,” she said.
She said he realised he needed help to turn his life around.