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Martin Jones was serving a seven-year sentence for burglaries when he disappeared from HMP Standford Hill, in Eastchurch, on July 9, 2012.
The 37-year-old criminal went to stay with friends and was not arrested and returned to jail until September 12, 2013.
In the meantime he broke into the home of mother Michelle Parker in London Road, Sittingbourne, by throwing a brick through a window to gain entry.
Maidstone Crown Court heard Jones went through the house systematically as he made an untidy search and put property - including jewellery with sentimental value - into bin bags.
Police found Jones' fingerprints on a bin bag and he was eventually arrested.
The victim said in an impact statement she had since been forced to turn her home into "Fort Knox".
Jones, of no fixed address, had been jailed for seven years in April 2010 and still had about 15 months left to serve when he fled from the category D prison.
He was jailed for four years after admitting escape and burglary.
Andrew Lewis, defending, said Jones walked out of Standford Hill because he had returned one day with something he should not have had and feared being sent to a more secure prison.
"He went to stay with friends and simply kept his head down," he said. "He couldn't face the thought of going back to prison, and a rather long period went by.
"The burglary happened because he had no way of earning money or claiming benefits. He succumbed to temptation to do what he knew only too well."
Judge Martin Joy told Jones: "Burglary is an extremely unpleasant offence. It is a complete invasion of householders and family. It causes enormous distress and creates feelings of insecurity.
"You have got an enormous record for burglary and dishonesty. You have been described as a career burglar."
"Burglary is an extremely unpleasant offence. It is a complete invasion of householders and family..." - Judge Martin Joy
Sentencing Jones to four years for burglary and one year concurrent for escape, the judge said the sentence would be consecutive to the term already being served, which was due to end in December 2014.
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