Keith Turner, 60, from Northumberland, was released on licence in 1993 after serving 20 years in jail for the manslaughter of his mother and sister at their home in Cramlington.
He got a job working for a charity in Slough in 1998, but two years later was arrested on suspicion of issuing himself four cheques worth a total of £10,000. He failed to appear in court to face charges.
"These sentences should act as a warning to anyone thinking of committing burglary in Cramlington that if they are caught they face going to jail.
"We take a tough line on burglars. They prey on the vulnerable and look for opportunities to get inside people's homes and steal their valuables, and we are committed to taking action against them.
"Johnson was arrested as part of a pro-active operation, which we ran in Cramlington. We had intelligence on who was committing burglaries in the area and when we arrested him we seized items of stolen property that we were able to return to the elderly victims.
"Fyfe is a known burglar in the Cramlington area and I hope the sentence handed to him reassures the public that an active and prolific criminal is now behind bars.
"We will always do all we can to take action against burglars but we need the public to help us deter thieves. Lock your home up at night and when you are out.
"Make sure windows, doors, garages and sheds are all secure and that there are no easy ways for someone to get inside your house. A little crime prevention can really help avoid becoming a victim of crime."
Police in Cramlington have arrested three people and seized drugs after carrying out search warrants in the Allerhope and Bonchester Place areas.
The raids happened on Wednesday 11 September when 15 cannabis plants and growing equipment was seized from a house in Allerhope.
A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and has since been bailed.
Two men - aged 19 and 22 - were also arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis and given cannabis warnings.
Police have warned that more action is planned as part of the crackdown - including visible and plain-clothes police patrol throughout the town.
"These warrants were carried out in response to intelligence received from our communities about concerns around crime and disorder in their neighbourhoods."It shows that residents can come to us with any concerns and we will act on them - making arrests and taking action where we can."There is no place for drugs in Cramlington and we will continue to work with local people to put a stop to use and supply, if anyone has any information about illegal drug taking, or any criminality, where they live they can report it to us in confidence and in the knowledge that we will do something about it."