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A drug addict sneaked into the Derbyshire couple's home and crept around stealing their belongings while they slept.
Serial burglar Gavin Causer let himself into the village property through an unlocked door before making off with a laptop and a mobile phone.
Derby Crown Court heard that, while he was in the same village, he stole from two parked cars that had also been left unlocked, taking power tools from a Porsche Boxster and a satnav system from a Land Rover.
Causer was then captured on a police camera driving out of the area - he had no licence or insurance - and was followed to an address where the car was found abandoned and some of the goods were discovered inside.
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Now the 33-year-old has been jailed for 33 months after he pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.
Jailing him, Recorder Jason Macadam said Causer was what the Government call a ‘third strike burglar’. He told him: “You have the most appalling record of 109 offences and 40 convictions and the vast majority of them have been for theft, burglary and dishonesty.
“In addition to non-house burglaries, there are a number of house burglaries dating back 20 years.
“What is serious about this particular burglary is that the owners were in at the time and it is only when they got up the following morning that they saw what you had done at their property.”
Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said the break-in took place in the early hours of August 8.
Shen said the owners of the house went to bed the previous evening and, when they got up at 9.15am the following day, “realised someone had been in their home”.
She said: “It was clear the downstairs of the house had been searched and a laptop and a mobile phone had been taken.
“At 4.30am, the police cameras picked up a Vauxhall Corsa that was being driven by this defendant away from the area. It was followed by the police and found abandoned.
“It was later discovered that items had been stolen from two cars in the same village which had been left insecure.
“One was a Porsche Boxster and the other a Land Rover.”
Causer, of Hickling Court, Mansfield, was arrested and pleaded guilty to burgling the property in Church Street, Eyam, and to two counts of theft.
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Hannah Coleman, mitigating, said her client’s “best mitigation was his early guilty plea”. She said: “His motivation was his financial need to support his drug addiction.”