A burglar who targeted family homes and stole items including a child's piggy bank and WW1 medal has been jailed for two years.

James McDonagh, 35, of no fixed address was charged with three counts of burglary after hitting a number of homes, including one in Caterham.

The first was in Stafford Road in Caterham on January 10 where McDonagh stole cash.

On January 22 he hit another home further south in Lingfield where he stole the medal along with a handbag, jewellery and more cash.

Then, on January 24, he hit another home in Lingfield where he stole the child's piggy bank.

McDonagh was linked to the first burglary through CCTV images and linked to the second and third offences through a DNA match from blood found at the scene of the burglaries.

A number of wanted appeals were issued to find the burglar and he was eventually arrested on March 18.

Detective Inspector Paul Gordon said: “McDonagh is a prolific burglar who caused no end of misery and heart ache to the victims at the beginning of the year. He stole a WW1 medal of huge sentimental value in one offence and a child’s piggy bank in another burglary.

“Everyone can play their part in reducing burglary, sometimes just locking doors and windows can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to opportunist thieves. Visit our website to find advice and guidance on protecting your home and belongings. If you see a burglary in progress, or anyone acting suspiciously, please call 999.”

On Thursday, 14 June, McDonagh appeared at Guildford Crown Court and was found guilty of five burglaries. He will serve two years in prison.