Paul James Cooper, of no fixed address, was jailed for four years at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary.
On Sunday, April 3 Cooper, aged 34, broke into two separate properties – one in Station Road, Chapeltown, and then another less than an hour later in Cotswold Avenue, Burncross – taking jewellery and other items.
Police were called after the 92-year-old homeowner in Burncross spotted Cooper making his escape through the back garden. Officers arrived and arrested Cooper nearby on suspicion of burglary.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jonathan Wade said: “Burglary is a horribly intrusive crime that can leave its victims feeling vulnerable and frightened to be in their home.
“I am pleased that Cooper is now behind bars and I hope the swift action taken by police and the courts demonstrates to the public of Sheffield just how committed we are to tackling this crime and bringing offenders to justice.”