His life of crime has seen him bring anguish and dreadful ordeals to countless victims, and has led to dozens of convictions.
But career criminal Wayne Wooldridge was no match for one mother-and-daughter duo from the Black Country who refused to let the lout escape without justice being served.
And a judge has now commended their actions.
Wooldridge was caught red-handed ransacking the house where 50-year-old Julie Goodwin had lived all her life, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
The 44-year-old serial law-breaker was standing in the living room when she returned after being out of the property for just 30 minutes along with her daughter Jade, 21.
Wooldridge, who had 50 previous convictions for burglary and attempted burglary with 83 other offences taken into consideration during a life of crime, had only been out of prison for three weeks, revealed Mrs Sarah Pratt, prosecuting.
Defiant Mrs Goodwin ignored a history of heart trouble to give chase when he ran off with cash and jewellery snatched after making an untidy search of her home after breaking down the back door.
She was joined by her daughter who felled the fleeing crook with a flying rugby tackle.
He managed to break free from her grasp, but a passing motorcyclist came to the rescue just in the nick of time using his machine to help block the burglar’s escape long enough for Miss Goodwin to floor him again.
She was joined by passing security guard Graham Harvey and her mother who sat on the legs of the struggling crook and searched his pockets.
Frantic Wooldridge bit the leg of Mr Harvey drawing blood in a fruitless bid to get away and was held until police arrived.
His fingerprint was later found at the scene of the burgled house in Morris Avenue, Walsall.
Mr Jasvir Mann, defending, told the court: “The address was empty when he broke in but any burglar risks the return of the occupant and he ran off as soon as she arrived.” Wooldridge, from Stafford Street, Walsall, pleaded guilty to the August 25 burglary and assaulting Mr Harvey. He was jailed for three years and eight months by Judge Robin Onions who told him: “You have a dreadful record and subjected Mrs Goodwin and her daughter to what must have been a terrifying experience.
“They both showed commendable bravery and deserve an official commendation for their actions.”
The stolen jewellery, much of which consisted of irreplaceable heirlooms left to Mrs Goodwin by her late mother, have not been recovered, leading to the belief that a second, unseen, offender was also involved.
Wooldridge has declined to help the victims to get their possessions back. Mrs Goodwin said afterwards: “I thought I was a strong person but this incident has shaken me.
“It still makes me cry. I have lived happily in that house for 50 years and this was such an invasion of my privacy.
“I have always managed to see the good in people and have never experienced anything like this before but it has made me want to move from a house I loved and an area I have always been happy to live in.
“The person who did this has no consideration for anyone else.
He has probably done it because he takes drugs but why should I have to go through this because of him?” She added: “His actions have broken me and I hope he rots in jail.”
Her daughter added: “Mum shouted ‘get him’ as he ran off and I just went for him.
“I was like a bull. I have watched my brothers play rugby in the past and so had a rough idea how you were supposed to tackle. He broke free but I ran after him and got him again.”
Mrs Goodwin concluded: “I have heart problems and have had angina attacks since this happened but I have not regrets over my daughter and I having a go. It would have felt so much worse if that so and so had got away with it.”