A plier-wielding burglar has been jailed after he was caught red-handed by a Ring doorbell device.
The automatic camera on the Ring doorbell was activated when Aaron Drummond tried the front door of a property in Haydock Drive, in Darlington, in the early hours of the morning.
The camera caught Drummond in the middle of an overnight crime spree in which he stole a hot tub, a bouncy castle, bikes, a petrol strimmer and some jerry cans from several properties in Darlington.
Officers identified 21-year-old Drummond from the crystal clear picture, who had his hood up and was carrying a pair of pliers, and arrested and charged him with six burglaries and one count of going equipped for burglary.
Detectives also charged him with several other offences concerning several incidents, including taking a vehicle without consent, dangerous driving, and driving while disqualified and with no insurance.
Drummond, of no fixed abode, admitted the offences.
He appeared at Teesside Crown Court last week where a judge jailed him for two-and-a-half years.
Detective Sergeant Grace Holohan, from Darlington Priority Crime Team, said:
“We recognised Drummond straightaway from the footage – he is a prolific offender who shows absolutely no remorse for any of his victims or the effect his actions will have on them.
“I am pleased he is now behind bars and off the streets, as this will give residents of Darlington some respite from his offending.
“We are cracking down on prolific offenders, like Drummond, as part of Operation Trident, which will run throughout the winter months.
“Anyone who has any information on criminality in their area should contact us on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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