A burglar has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to stealing a handbag from a home.

Aldo Jones, of no fixed address in London, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, March 2.

At around 2.30pm on December 20, 2017, the 51-year-old broke into a home in Cassiobury Drive, Watford, through an unlocked back door.

He took a handbag containing a purse, cash and various cards, among other items.

He then attempted to use the bank card in the town centre but it was declined.

Officers trawled through CCTV footage to track Jones through the town and back to near the victim’s address.

He was then identified by an officer from the Metropolitan Police Service and arrested.

Detective Sergeant Matt Waylett, from the Watford Local Crime Unit, said: “This was a great piece of partnership working between the two forces which has resulted in a burglar with previous convictions being put back behind bars. The victim was at home during the offence but thankfully didn’t come into contact with Jones.

“I hope this sentence reassures people that we will do all we can to track down those who commit crimes in our town and bring them to justice.”