A man has been jailed for three years after breaking into a house in Climping and stealing jewellery and cash worth around £3,000, including from children’s money boxes.
Colin Ellinor, 55, of no fixed address, used a brick to smash a window and enter the property in Horsemere Green Lane.
Stolen items also included two wedding rings, and a gold and platinum set diamond ring.
However, the incident on July 20 was captured on a motion-sensor camera, which showed him looking directly at the lens.
He was then recognised by a retired Sussex Police officer on Facebook, and by several other people following an attempted burglary in Bognor Regis.
Detective Constable Jon Woolley, of the West Sussex Community Investigation Team said:
“Social media played a key role in bringing this prolific burglar to justice.
“CCTV and motion sensor cameras are becoming more affordable and more widely available, and in these cases they provided vital evidence which led to Ellinor’s conviction.
“The incidents have left the victims understandably distressed, and I hope it gives them peace of mind that this serial offender is now behind bars.”