A burglar wearing a pillow case over his head assaulted an elderly man as he tried to raid his Northumberland home.
Drug addict David Thompson had crept into the house through an unlocked door and was helping himself to jewellery and antiques in the 71-year-old's bedroom when he was rumbled by the victim's son.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Thompson quickly turned aggressive and made threats as the two men tried to prevent him from leaving the scene before he shoved the pensioner against a wall and poked him in the face.
However, the 33-year-old thief's escape was thwarted as the police arrived, having been called by the victim's wife.
Thompson, who was on bail for trying to burgle another home a few weeks earlier, is now starting an 877-day jail sentence after he admitted burglary, attempted burglary, assault by beating and criminal damage.
Emma Dowling, prosecuting, said Thompson was first caught trying to break into a house in Blyth at around 12.30pm on Christmas Day last year while the occupants were visiting their grandchildren.
On that occasion, he was spotted by a friend of the victims as he attempted to smash a patio door with a shovel.
Ms Dowling said: "The witness approached the defendant and contacted the police. There's a video, four minutes in length, where the witness is robustly challenging him but the defendant is unwilling to leave.
"He is ultimately arrested."
While in the police station, the thief also damaged a mattress in his cell.
The court was told that Thompson, of Coomassie Road, Blyth, later admitted the offence and was awaiting sentence when he struck again at another property in the Northumberland town.
On the afternoon of February 3 this year, Thompson sneaked into the home of the pensioner, his wife and their son and headed straight for a bedroom.
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Ms Dowling added: "He searched the room and took some coins and jewellery, which he concealed about his person. In addition, some items were moved in the room into a bag.
"He was caught by the occupants' son, who heard a noise. He was challenged because he was seen leaving the bedroom with his head in a pillowcase."
It was while the son and his father tried to detain Thompson that he struck out at the pensioner and told him "I know where you live".
In a statement, the victim said his wife was now frightened to be in the house on her own, adding: "I'm disgusted that someone believes they can come into my family's home and make their way into our bedroom and take property.
"The property is of sentimental value and means a lot."
Rachel Hedworth, defending, said Thompson, who has 128 offences on his record, had no memory of any of the offences.
She added: "He's utterly ashamed of how his life has panned out and he's the first to acknowledge that he desperately needs help."
Ms Hedworth told the court Thompson had also had an "unhappy and Dickensian" upbringing and was extremely remorseful.
Locking him up, Judge Julie Clemitson said: "The victims said memories of the offence will never leave them. Your actions had a considerable impact on that family."