Stephen McCay, 26, of High Street, Bedford, broke into a house in Biddenham on December 29 while the victim was on holiday, and drove off in a £60,000 Mercedes AMG.
Two days later he crashed the high value stolen vehicle into a row of parked cars in Stanley Street, Bedford, causing significant damage and fled the scene; however DNA found on the airbag placed him in the driving seat.
He was found guilty of burglary and was sentenced on Wednesday (May 22) at Luton Crown Court.
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Detective Constable Andy Boston, from the force’s Operation Maze team, dedicated to tackling burglary, said: “McCay is a persistent offender who continues to choose a life of crime at the expense of innocent members of the public.
“Burglary has a huge impact on the lives of a victim and we will continue to disrupt such criminality in Bedfordshire.
"Being left feeling unsafe in your own home is a devastating and violating experience, and people like McCay who repeatedly cause this harm on our communities deserve to be put back behind bars.”