A burglar with a “staggering” list of previous convictions broke into a home in Cleveleys and, when arrested, was shocked to hear he had struck there before.
Ian Foster was jailed for three years and four months’ by a judge at Preston Crown Court.
He has 79 previous crimes to his name – 31 of which were for house burglary.
The 44-year-old, of Beach Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to a charge of burgling a home on Rossall Road, Cleveleys, on July 4.
The householder returned to discover a bay window had been smashed and belongings, including two cameras, worth £1,780, had been taken.
Foster’s fingerprints were discovered in the front living room and he was arrested five days later.
Lisa Worsley, prosecuting, said Foster realised he had burgled the same premises before back in 2010.
The offence took place while he was on probation from a four-year prison sentence passed in 2010 for one burglary and two offences of burglary with intent to steal.
His latest sentence represented his 17th conviction for burglary – 31 of them house burglaries and a further 15 of non-domestic premises.
Foster told the court he had not deliberately targeted the premises.
He said: “I got into financial difficulty through trying to pay my bills and my girlfriend had been in hospital. I have to stand up and take the punishment.
“I’m sorry for what I did. I have been learning. Up to that point, it was the best period of my life, from being released in September 2012.
“I will never be in front of a court again, I can assure you. I can’t do jail any more.
“I need to give something back to society rather than take which is what I have done all my life. I truly and sincerely apologise to society.”
Judge Michael Byrne said Foster had a “truly staggering” list of previous convictions.