A burglar who stared straight into a CCTV camera before turning it has been jailed for more than two years.
Daddy Smith, 27, of no fixed address, was caught on film breaking into a home in Shakespeare Road, Bedford.
He was sentenced at Luton Crown Court this week after pleading guilty to the offence, which took place on Sunday, May 10.
At around 7am that morning, Smith forced entry to a house in Shakespeare Road.
He looked directly into a CCTV camera in the garden of a property as he turned it from view, before breaking in to the home and making off with three handbags, and their contents, from the kitchen.
The victim was in his home at the time and was startled by a loud bang. He then saw Smith riding away with his haul on a pushbike.
The homeowner had installed CCTV outside the property following a previous crime, meaning Smith was captured clearly on video before he obscured the lens.
He was recognised by investigating officer Detective Constable Jason Wheeler and later arrested.
DC Wheeler said: “This is yet another fantastic result for burglary offences in court, and will serve to show criminal factions of society that their actions will not be tolerated.
“Daddy Smith has received a hefty sentence for this crime which will mean he is no longer free to take the hard-earned privileges of others as he pleases.
“I am particularly glad that this repeat victim of crime has seen justice done. All crime is hugely distressing for those involved, and we endeavour to work closely with victims to provide reassurance and advice after their ordeal.”
Smith was handed a jail term totalling two years and four months, and a further offence of burglary was ordered to lie on his file at his sentencing on Monday, June 22.