PROLIFIC housebreaker Kyle O'Shea joked to police officers when he was arrested that he was "Burglar Bill from Coney Hill".
The 24-year-old had raided two homes while on parole from prison when he made the flippant remark, referring to the storybook character with the catchphrase "I'll 'ave that".
O'Shea, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breaking into a house in Sandhurst between July 20 and 23 and stealing a television worth £240, 330 Euros, a gold bangle, a mobile phone and other belongings.
He admitted burglary of a house in Orchard Close, Gloucester, and theft of two handbags and contents, an iPod and a mobile phone between July 30 and August 2.months at Gloucester crown court.
He has been jailed for 45 months for the crimes.
Giles Nelson, prosecuting, said on July 21, a Sandhurst householder, woke to find she had been burgled and a large amount of property had been stolen.
"There had been an untidy search," he said. "Drawers had been pulled out in the sitting room. The keys to her husband's car had been taken and the car had also been searched through."
Mr Nelson said the other victim found her living room window wide open and her handbags gone on August 1. O'Shea's fingerprints were found in both homes.
O'Shea was arrested on September 10. He said he had committed the burglaries with another man but he refused to name him.
Mr Nelson said O'Shea had numerous previous convictions dating back to 2000 and was a "three strikes" burglar liable to a minimum three year sentence.
Joe Maloney, defending, said O'Shea's drug addiction was at the root of his offending. He had been out of prison on parole since December 23 last year and had managed to stay out of trouble until July