Nathan Hibberd, 39, broke down into tears as he was sentenced to another lengthy sentence behind bars after already having served four long jail terms.
Frustrated judge Jamie Tabor QC told Hibberd it appeared no amount of jail time could reform him.
He said: 'I can’t stop you with whatever jail sentence I impose, unless it is life, which I’m not entitled to do.
'If you are going to stop it’s got to come from you and no one else.'Well, Jamie, it might help if only you'd at least tried giving him the maximum sentence of 14 years for each offence, and if the justice system stopped letting them out early automatically, wouldn't it?
He was jailed again in 2009 for four-and-a-half years after admitting 42 burglaries in Gloucester.
Hibberd was caught red-handed committing his latest crimes on July 16 when he broke into a home in Kingsholm, Gloucester, and another in Wotton, Gloucester, and stole jewellery.*sighs*