A burglar who targeted three homes in Hucknall on the same day has been jailed.
Haydn Wright, 24, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and one count of possession of cocaine.
He committed the burglaries at properties on Astral Grove, Polperro Way and Chillon Way on July 11.
One of Wright's victims returned to her home on Chillon Way that afternoon to find him stood at the top of her stairs facing her.
He ran down the stairs before pushing her into a wall and then ran out of the front door.
The victim wasn't hurt but was left deeply distressed by what happened.
She later noticed that several item had been removed from her property after Wright had gained entry through an open bathroom window.
The stolen items were later found in a laundry basket at the back of her property.
Earlier that day Wright entered the porch of a home on Astral Grove, stealing a pair of trainers.
He also stole alcohol after breaking into an outhouse.
At around 2.15pm, a homeowner on Polperro Way saw Wright trying to break into his address with a spade.
He ran off without gaining entry.
Another resident on Astral Grove called the police after finding Wright in her back garden.
When she challenged him he noticed she was renovating her house and said he could help her to get rid of scrap metal.
He wrote down his first name and contact number for her which led to him being identified and arrested in Derbyshire the next day.
While Wright was being booked into custody he was found to be in possession of a bag of white powder which tested positive as cocaine.
Wright was jailed for three years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing.
Detective Inspector Stuart Temple said: "This case and its positive outcome involved great teamwork by response officers and crime scene investigators, who attended the incidents, detectives who investigated Wright and Derbyshire police officers who arrested him the following day.
"This result also shows the importance of members of the public reporting any suspicious activity to the police as it was one of these types of calls which led to Wright's arrest.
"The public's help is vital in helping us to prevent crime and bring offenders to justice and I'd like to thank all of the people who came forward with information which helped us with our investigation."