Bungling burglar caught and jailed after dropping his mobile phone in a bedroom of a Parson Drove house -he made off with jewellery, cash and computer equipment worth £3,000

PUBLISHED: 14:54 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:09 04 April 2017

Matthew Timmins dropped his phone during a Wisbech burglary. It helped police arrest him. He's now been jailed.

Matthew Timmins dropped his phone during a Wisbech burglary. It helped police arrest him. He's now been jailed.

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A burglar who broke into a Parson Drove house and stole jewellery, cash and computer equipment worth £3,000 was caught after dropping his mobile phone in a bedroom.

Matthew Timmins, 34, of Hunters Oak, Watton, pleaded guilty at Norfolk Crown Court on Thursday (March 30) to burgling the home in Parson Drove in February 2016.

He was jailed for 32 months.

Timmins also admitted:

• Dangerous driving – four months imprisonment to run concurrently

• Driving while disqualified – four months imprisonment to run concurrently

• Criminal damage – one month imprisonment to run concurrently

• Two counts of theft from shops on March 16 – one month imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently

• Obstructing a police officer – 14 days imprisonment to run concurrently

• Two thefts from shops in February – one month imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently

• Theft from Tesco, Thetford, in July – one month imprisonment to run concurrently

• Bail Act offence of failing to appear in court on March 27 – one month imprisonment to run concurrently

He was also handed a five year criminal behaviour order and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Detective Constable Chris Smith of Cambridgeshire Police said: “Timmins is a prolific offender who had been actively committing crime across Norfolk before moving on to commit the burglary in Fenland.

“The sentence he has received for the burglary reinforces that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in Cambridgeshire.”

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