THIS IS prolific burglar Steven Dooley who has been jailed for five years after admitting a series of 17 burglaries in one month in Torquay.
Throughout August the 35-year-old heroin addict caused misery in the Chelston, Livermead, Shiphay and Warberries areas of Torquay, smashing windows with rocks and stealing sentimental and valuable jewellery which he later sold to fund his addiction.
One of his victims was a partially sighted 80-year-old woman.
In a second burglary he stole jewellery worth £32,000.
Dooley, aka Simmons, aka Greenwood, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two offences at Exeter Crown Court.
DC Simon Sherwood said: "It was very unpleasant, but people can be reassured he is no longer at large.
"At one stage he was committing a burglary almost every other day.
"I have spoken to a lot of his victims who lost sentimental items of jewellery.
"It was very serious throughout August and we were very concerned. We flooded the area and we located him, probably as he was on his way to commit another burglary.
"We caught him and after making a forensic fingerprint link he confessed to all 17 burglaries.
"The most unpleasant aspect was one of his victims was very vulnerable.
"After smashing her window he must have been disturbed because he pretended someone else had broken her window and he was helping her to fix it.
"While he was in her house he stole £20."
DS Jason Metcalfe, who heads the South Devon Pro-Active Unit, said: "This was a very productive day and will bring some degree of normality back to the residents in the affected areas.
"I would like to reassure the community burglary remains a priority to the police and we will do everything in our power to catch those responsible and bring them to justice."