Torquay guesthouse burglar Daryl Lewis jailed

A hapless burglar who was photographed by a passer-by leaving the scene of his crime has been jailed for 30 months.

Daryl Lewis fled with a widow's rings after he was caught rifling through private rooms by the owner of Ferndale Lodge in St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon.

But police had little trouble tracking down Lewis, 40, who had also dropped a wallet containing his name and address.

Days later, having been freed on bail, he was found in a cupboard at another guesthouse he was trying to burgle.

'Immense upset'

The owner had heard Lewis making noise and called the police, Exeter Crown Court was told.

A police dog sniffed out the bungling criminal, of Bampfylde Street, Torquay, who was hiding inside in the cupboard.

Police recognised the photograph of Lewis supplied by the passer-by after the Ferndale Lodge raid, as Lewis had only just been released from prison.

Officers found him wearing the wedding and engagement ring which he had taken hanging on a chain hanging around his neck, the court was told.

Lewis admitted the two burglaries which he carried out in July.

Judge Francis Gilbert QC told him: "You stole a wedding and engagement ring from an 85-year-old widow which caused her immense upset and distress because they had been given to her by her late husband."

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