A prolific burglar who admitted breaking into 40 homes in Chesterfield has been jailed for six years.
Quentin Smith, 35, pleaded guilty to burgling two houses in Chesterfield and asked the court to take a further 38 similar offences into account.
He was sentenced to six years in prison following a hearing at Derby Crown Court, on Wednesday, October 23.
Smith, of Holland Road, Old Whittington, broke into homes on Little Brind Lane and Fieldview Place on October 2, 2013, according to the court.
Police revealed Smith was stopped by officers on Arundel Court in the early hours of October 2 and found to be in possession of a torch, gloves and cash stolen from the burglary on Little Brind Road earlier in the night. He was arrested and charged with the two burglaries.
Smith asked for another 38 burglaries committed in the Chesterfield area between January and October 2013 to be taken into account by the court.
Det Insp Julian Wilson said: “Smith was a prolific burglar who caused misery to homeowners. I am pleased he has admitted his guilt and the length of the sentence shows how seriously the courts take this type of offence. Many of the homes burgled were insecure so I urge homeowners not to give criminals an easy target and keep your home locked.”