A bungling crook was caught after accidentally recording his confessions on his mobile phone.
Wayne Axtell was arrested while riding a stolen Segway scooter and police seized his phone.
They found recordings of calls in which he bragged about burglaries that he “got away” with.
They included crimes that police had not even linked him to, a court heard.
Defending, Peter du Feu told Oxford Crown Court that his client did not know that his phone’s default setting was to record its calls.
Prosecutor Alex Radley said the calls led police to link thefts in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 2021.
Axtell, 39, who had a lock knife on him when arrested, talked about thefts of high value ride-on lawnmowers and gardening tools.
Mr du Feu said: “It is an extraordinary piece of evidence and a real own goal for him.”
Axtell, who was jailed for four years, admitted conspiracy to steal, burglary, handling stolen goods and having a blade. He also asked for 13 other thefts to be taken into consideration.
This comes after a women filed a lawsuit suit alleging that a creepy T-Mobile employee stole nude photos from her phone after she tried to trade it in.
Karen Mun, 24, from Queens, New York, brought her device into the Northern Boulevard store before an employee allegedly took it to a closed back room to see if she was “eligible” for the trade-in.
The nail technician watched in horror as the man, she said, opened his photos where there were intimate pictures of her.
“I saw his photo app open with, like, a bunch of my photos on there,” Mun told The New York Post, referencing dozens of intimate images of herself that she kept on her device.
The lawsuit alleges that T-Mobile is well aware that employees steal customers’ sensitive data and hasn’t done enough to stop it.
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