Serial burglar, Craig Chance, ransacked a vast number of homes during a campaign of break-ins across the city.
Derby Crown Court heard how Chance would catch a taxi to a specific area he chose to target and asked it to wait while he forced entry into people's properties.
The 45-year-old father would then jump in the same cab home with his booty of cash and jewellery after leaving his victim's homes strewn with the contents from drawers he had emptied.
The determined criminal's method of entry was by kicking in door panels then looting the homes.
And in victim impact statements read to the court, those whose houses he targeted told of the emotional and financial torment his spate of offending had left them in.
Jailing Chance for four years and five months, Recorder Stuart Sprawson said: "This was a campaign of burglaries carried out by you for your own gain.
"You are entirely responsible for affecting many, many, families and many, many, people.
"The impact of these offences has been outlined to me in victim impact statement after victim impact statement.
"They talk about the violation of their homes with some saying they feel like prisoners in their own properties.
"In each and every case you adopted the same method of entry, forcing a back door and then once inside undertaking what has best been described as a search and on other occasions ransacking.
"You purposefully went through people's belongings for what you could find for yourself.
"And there is undisputed evidence that you would hire a taxi to bring you to a particular area, it would park and when you had done what you had done, take you back again."
Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said the offence began with two house burglaries on the same day in Southall, West London, in October 2019.
She said exactly a year to the day from those break-ins, between October and December 2020, Chance began targeting homes in Derby.
Miss Slater said items taken included thousands of pounds in cash, jewellery and electronic items, none of the stolen items from any of the break-ins have been recovered.
Chance, from Nottingham, was snared after leaving his DNA at the scene of some of the crimes.
Detectives then linked him to the others through his identical method of entry.
He pleaded guilty to 12 burglaries and one count of attempted burglary.
He has previous convictions for the same crimes dating back to the 1990s.
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