A householder discovered a burglar walking out with the family’s television after hearing a noise downstairs.
Andrew Alan Turner was seen exiting the living room and going outside through the dining room of the address in Dorset Road, Harehills, Leeds, carrying the TV on the late morning of December 12.
Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the occupant followed him and discovered Turner was staying next door and after confronting him was able to recover the television, although at that time Turner denied any wrongdoing.
But when he got back home the householder realised other items were also missing including a tablet and contacted the police.
Turner was not at the house next door when officers arrived but the householder made his own inquiries and found an HMP prison ID with Turner’s picture on it from a previous sentence on him and recognising him as the intruder was able to pass it on to the police.
That led to the arrest of Turner on December 17.
Mr Outhwaite said the court was entitled to take the community impact into account when sentencing since Leeds had one of the highest burglary rates in the country.
Turner, 36, of Dorset Road, Harehills, admitted the burglary and was jailed for 20 months.