A burglar told police he was feeling ill and then escaped from hospital.
Michael Trevillion, 41, forced his way into a property in Court Hey Avenue, Huyton, and snatched items of jewellery on Friday, December 11.
The thief, of Barkbeth Road, Huyton, was arrested nearby a short time later and was also found to have committed an attempted burglary earlier that day in Archway Road.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said Trevillion was taken to hospital but escaped the following day, before being arrested again hours later.
He was later convicted of burglary, attempted burglary and escape from lawful custody and jailed for four years and four months at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.
Trevillion was also given a 10-year Restraining Order against the victim of the burglary.
Detective Inspector Tony O'Brien, who heads the force's specialist Operation Castle burglary team, said: "This is a pleasing result and removes from the streets an individual in Trevillion who was responsible for two burglary offences late last year, causing distress to his victims.
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“Hopefully this period behind bars will act as a deterrent to any future criminal activity, and Trevillion will reflect upon the harm he has caused. His attempt to evade custody the day after his arrest has only contrived to add to this time behind bars.
“Being a victim of burglary can cause a massive impact to the lives of those targeted, and we will support victims throughout the process of reporting crime up until sentencing.
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“We regularly act on information from those communities affects, so come forward if you know anything about suspected burglary and the sale of stolen goods where you are. We’ll act on all information provided. Burglary offences have decreased across Merseyside this and last year, and we’ll continue to work proactively with communities and our partners to keep this progress going.”
Always call 999 if a burglary is in progress. Anyone with information on burglary is asked to contact the Merseyside Police social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or or the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111.