This was the moment a boastful Leeds burglar landed himself in prison – posing for a snap at the wheel of a rare BMW he had just helped to steal.
Ashley Jordan, 22, kept the incriminating snap on a computer memory stick which he tried to flush down the toilet when police raided his home.
Officers managed to recover the device before it was destroyed and found images of Ashley smirking for the camera in two luxury cars stolen in the raid on a house in Leeds.
Jordan’s smiles turned to tears yesterday as he wept and asked for mercy in the dock at Leeds Crown Court as he was jailed for two years.
Jordan and members of his gang stole cars and valuables worth £26,000 after targeting the house in Carrfield Road, Barwick in Elmet, Leeds, on March 19 last year.
The lock was removed to the door and keys to a BMW and Saab convertible were stolen as the married couple who owned the property slept upstairs.
They also stole cash, a 60 inch television, iPhones and other valuable electrical equipment. Police went to Jordan’s house after he was spotted carrying the TV screen into his home.
Richard Canning, prosecuting, said Johnson tried to discard a memory stick down the toilet. It showed Johnson with the two vehicles.
He was immediately linked to the offence as the BMW, which has never been recovered, had a unique number plate.
Jordan told officers his friends had decided to carry out the burglary after they spent the evening in the pub. He said he did not take part in the burglary but admitted helping to move stolen items afterwards.
Jordan, of Amberton Street, Gipton, pleaded guilty to burglary and two offences of theft.
Kama Melly, for Jordan, said her client was ashamed of himself and no longer had anything to do with the people he committed the offence with. Miss Melly said Jordan now had a baby with his partner and was working hard in a new job. Recorder Ian Harris said: “Only an immediate sentence of custody is suitable.”
After the case, Det Con Neil McClure, of North East Leeds CID, said: “The incriminating images that led to Jordan being caught illustrate the arrogance and disregard for victims that burglars like him have.
“They proved to be very useful in linking him to the crime and we are grateful to him for inadvertently providing such valuable evidence.”