A burglar who crept into a house while the occupants were asleep has been jailed.
James Cox (41) and another man broke into the home in Pickards Way, Wisbech, in the early hours of September 28.
They entered the bedroom of the home but the victims woke up and the burglars fled.
An officer responding to another incident spotted Cox spotted sleeping in a red Peugeot while it stopped with the engine still running in nearby Osbourne Road a few hours later.
Suspicious, the officer woke up Cox and discovered he was disqualified from driving and uninsured.
A search then revealed he was carrying bank cards from the victim in Pickards Way.
He pleaded guilty to burglary, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.
He was jailed for a total of two years and banned from driving from 24 months at Norwich Crown Court today (Thursday).
Detective Constable Mark Yendley said: “Cox was caught thanks to the actions of the officer who followed her instincts, her thorough searches meant he was caught red-handed with property from the burglary.
“The break-in has had a big impact on the victims and we’re pleased he has been brought to justice.”