A MAN is set to spend Christmas behind bars after a burglary and car theft in Solihull.
Anthony Vaughan, from Druids Heath, broke into a home in Tythe Barn Lane, Shirley, in the early hours of May 8 this year.
He stole two phones, a laptop, jewellery and a purse before driving away in the homeowner’s black Mercedes.
A Solihull Police spokesperson said: “A tracker device on one of the phones placed it in Dorstone Covert, Druids Heath – and shortly after the man found his car parked in Cherhill Covert where it was recovered.
“Our officers seized CCTV from a shop in Druids Heath, and later Tesco in Kings Heath, that showed two men using bank cards stolen during the break-in.
“They recognised them as 39-year-old Vaughan plus Lee Kelly, aged 37, also from Druids Heath.
“And more CCTV from homes near the break-in showed Vaughan trying car door handles and hiding stolen goods in bushes.
“On May 18 one of our officers spotted Kelly walking a dog in Dorstone Covert; he was arrested and Vaughan was found in a nearby property.
“Both appeared in court last week where Vaughan was jailed for three years and eight months having been found guilty of burglary.
“He’d already admitted two counts of fraud related to using stolen bank cards, plus taking a vehicle without consent.
“Kelly was given a custodial sentence of nine months having admitted handling stolen goods and fraud.”