A thief who took a woman out on a first date so a friend could burgle her house has been jailed.
Hamza Islam - formerly known as Leon Powles - repeatedly texted and called the woman asking her out, said West Midlands Police.
When she relented and agreed to a date, Islam, 29, arrived to pick her up and asked to use the bathroom.
He deliberately left the window open, then sent a message to his accomplice telling him the house was empty, said police.
When Islam's 22-year-old date returned home she found her plasma-screen TV and laptop had been taken.
A picture and description of Islam, of Ferndown Close, Sheldon, Birmingham, was circulated and he was recognised by a police officer on routine patrol in August last year, four months after the burglary.
During a chase, Islam threatened the officer with a pair of scissors but was eventually arrested.
Following a trial this week at Birmingham Crown Court, he was found guilty of burglary and has now been sentenced to 27 months in jail, with a further six months added on for his conviction for threatening the police officer.
Detective Constable Mark Delaney, of West Midlands Police, said: "He manipulated and misled the victim for several weeks - we believe throughout that period he was looking to lure her from her home and facilitate a burglary.
"Islam has a history of offences against women but this was a particularly cruel and calculated crime.
"He may not have actually carried out the burglary himself but he played an instrumental role and has rightly been handed a stiff prison sentence."
Islam's accomplice was jailed for 17 months in February for his part in the burglary.Suggest a correction