A Doncaster man who led a life of drink and drugs has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for two break-ins.
Jason Hale, aged 25, was on licence from prison for previous burglaries when he broke into two more homes within three days.
Hale, formerly of Apley Road, Hyde Park, forced the back door of a mid-terrace house at Childer Street while the occupant Mr Sanderson was out for just ten minutes.
He stole a 32 inch television worth £350 and took jewellery, credit cards and 700 Turkish lira after ransacking bedrooms upstairs on September 12 last year.
Police later found a receipt at Hale’s address from a local pawnbrokers for two gold bracelets belonging to Mr Sanderson’s wife, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
They had been taken there two days after the burglary by Hale’s girlfriend who had also exchanged the lira.
A mobile phone recovered also had texts from Hale offering to sell the TV set, said Clare Benson, prosecuting.
Hale then broke into a home at Somerset Road on September 14 while the householder Mr Adam was asleep. A handbag, Slovakian passports and ID cards, a mobile phone and even epilepsy tablets were stolen.
The handbag and earrings belonging to Mr Adam’s wife were found in Hale’s garden.
His girlfriend was arrested and admitted handling the stolen bracelets but Hale at first denied any part in the break-ins.
He told police he would not burgle anywhere near where he lived and said he had found the pawnbrokers’ receipt in the street.
Hale said he had been in custody for eight months and was ‘uneducated’ but had benefited from skills and victim’s awareness courses.
He had used drink and drugs and mixed with ‘bad mates’ but wrote: “I now know I have to change my life and distance myself from my so-called mates.”
Jailing him Judge Robert Moore said: “You know these matters are so serious that only a substantial sentence of custody can be justified.”