A Nottingham burglar who hid stolen property in his false limb has been jailed for three years.
Police raided Adrian Newbold's Jersey Gardens home last October within hours of his last offence.
They found three mobile phones, bank cards and a purse inside his prosthetic limb.
The 31-year-old admitted four burglaries and asked for 47 other offences between June and October 2005 to be taken into consideration.
Nottingham Crown Court heard one victim, a 74-year-old widow, had £500 stolen while she was asleep in bed.
At another house Newbold reached through a cat flap to hook a key and used it to open a back door.
Newbold, who had worked as builder for more than two years, had a drug habit which was at the root of his offending, the court heard.