A BURGLAR was snared when a sophisticated tracking device on an iPad he had stolen led police straight to him.
Daniel Reay, from Sunderland, has been jailed after he was found with his haul of electrical equipment just 200 metres from the scene of the raid in Middleham, near Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
The 5am burglary was one of three carried out by the 34-year-old, of Queens Crescent, Barnes, in the town during a two-day spree last month.
The previous day, Reay had stolen a mobile telephone and charger from a home and two digital cameras from a nursery.
In the final break-in, a woman woke to find him in her bedroom, prosecutor Graeme Gaston told Teesside Crown Court.
The intruder ran off, but the family discovered that their car – an Audi A3 – as well as the iPad, television and laptop computer had been stolen. The haul also included photography equipment, two pairs of sunglasses, bottles of whisky and a cushion cover – but Reay had little memory of the crime.
Reay was locked up for two years and four months after he admitted three burglaries, the theft of the car and driving while disqualified.
The judge, Recorder Graham Hyland, QC, also banned father-to-be Reay from the roads for a further year.
He told Reay, whose pregnant partner wept in the public gallery during the case: “It will be obvious to you today the enormous distress you have cause her.
“I don’t know what came over you that night, and I don’t suppose you do either.”
When police were called to the final burglary, they traced the iPad using a tracking app on the device to the garden of a holiday home 200 metres away.
The stolen property was found inside the property –thought to have been used by a hen party – and the car was later found nearby.
Reay’s barrister, Peter Kilgour, said he had turned his life around after being released from his last prison sentence, and the spree was an “aberration”.
“He found a fiancée and a job and seemed to have it all,” said Mr Kilgour. “It is impossible to explain what came over him that night.
“He was working, doing well at work, and he says he has no clear recollection of the offences, but he has accepted legal advice and pleaded guilty.”