Radoslaw Chmielewski stole items including shoes, a wallet and cash from the house in Washington in December 2019.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the property was occupied by a man and his elderly father and it was early next morning that the raid and the "untidy search" of the house was discovered.
Chmielewski, of Kennilworth Court, Washington, admitted burglary.
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The court heard some of the stolen property was found when police searched his home.
The 40-year-old also admitted an unrelated charge of handling stolen computer games and five charges of theft from Sainsbury's in Washington, where he stole a total of £1,000 worth of Jack Daniels.
Miss Recorder Emma Smith sentenced Chmielewski to 21 months behind bars.
Jamie Adams, defending, said Chmielewski had a long term drugs problem which he managed to overcome and find work in the past.