A SERIAL burglar broke into the house of his brother’s ex-girlfriend while he was out on bail.
Luke Walshaw took and used the victim’s bank cards, and stole a handbag and jewellery from her Unity Court home in Dewsbury on February 19.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Walshaw had 21 previous convictions for offences including burglary, robbery and theft.
The 37-year-old was in the woman’s house at around 5am when she saw him holding a jar of change before he fled. Her earrings and tablet device were both returned to her after being found in nearby houses.
Walshaw, of Chickenley Lane, Chickenley, was also caught with stolen items on December 15 last year, namely two TVs, an iPhone, a pack of beer, car keys and jewellery.
He was arrested the following morning when police found him in possession of a lock knife on a key ring and a small amount of cannabis.
Walshaw pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, possession of a knife, possession of cannabis, failing to attend a drugs test and burglary.
He was jailed for three years and nine months.