A bungling house burglar was caught by DNA evidence when he left his sock at a victim’s Preston home.
Kaine Kelly, 21, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 24 months after admitting two burglaries.
He had five further matters of a similar nature taken into consideration by Judge Simon Newell.
He said: “You committed seven burglaries in just a couple of weeks, shortly after you were released from a prison sentence for a robbery offence.”
Wearing a grey tracksuit, Kelly, who was on licence at the time of the break ins, sat casually in the dock at Sessions House.
Prosecuting, Stephen Parker said on January 31, a woman living on The Howgills in Fulwood, returned home to find her gate open, her bedroom light on and her bedroom window smashed.
He added: “He had stolen £700 of electrical equipment - a laptop, Kindle and watches.”
Kelly, who has 23 convictions for 42 offences, left his sock and a glass hammer at the scene which provided DNA evidence.
The court heard he burgled a property on Ribble Crescent. A window cleaner alerted police to a smashed door, and the victim’s 1,000 bike had been stolen, though it was later recovered.
Defending, Miss Laura Hayward said: “Whilst I have to accept there was an element of planning as the defendant was in possession of a glass hammer, they were offences that were committed in the day without occupiers present and with no violence towards anybody.
“He pleaded guilty at the magistrates court - that in itself indicates remorse.
“He’s realised this behaviour cannot continue.”