A burglar who used an open cat flap to gain entry to a house has been jailed for four years after he stole the very CCTV camera that betrayed his identity.
Christopher Doy, of no fixed abode, got hold of a door key by reaching through the cat flap and used it to enter the address in Prospect Street, Mansfield, at around 3.30am on 9 February.
The 45-year-old dismantled the occupant’s security system and took a number of electrical items, a handbag, a purse and the keys to a Renault Clio before leaving the property and taking the car.
In the video you can see him reaching for the camera which he then takes away.
The victim’s bank card was then used at a petrol station and the stolen Renault Clio activated ANPR cameras.
CCTV from the petrol station and the house was used to identify Doy and he was arrested a few days after the offence had taken place.
He was sentenced yesterday (Thursday 13 August 2020) at Nottingham Crown Court having and was given three years, four months for burglary.
He was also given eight months for possession of class B drugs after officers found him with bags of synthetic cannabinoid on 17 August 2018 following a report of suspicious activity.
He received six months for the theft of a motorbike after officers found him in possession of a stolen vehicle with false plates on 15 July 2019. In addition to this he was given three months each for counts of handling stolen goods, driving whilst disqualified and fraud all to run concurrently.
Detective Constable Andrea Brown, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Doy had certainly put thought into his burglary crime before committing it and had planned exactly what he was going to do.
“It’s a despicable act to invade someone’s home, especially in this case whilst the victim slept upstairs, and take their personal belongings. The burglary team worked quickly to establish who was behind this crime and I’m glad he has now been held to account for it.”