A man from Dartford will spend nearly two years in prison after Kent Police were able to track him down thanks to a fingerprint left on the door of a car he stole.
William Hickey stole the silver Vauxhall Zafira, along with a handbag which contained £100 of cash and a selection of credit cards.
After it was reported to the police, CCTV footage showed the offender walking away from the property.
Automatic number plate recognition cameras were activated and four days later, the stolen car was found in Battery Road in Thamesmead.
Forensic specialists then carried out tests on the car and found a fingerprint matching William Hickey's on the driver's door.
The 30-year-old was later arrested on suspicion of burglary.
He admitted to burglary, theft and two counts of fraud and was jailed for 21 months.
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