A former soldier has been jailed for breaking into a holiday home when he was so drunk he could not find his way back to the tent where he was staying.
Shaun Mudd also left a couple alarmed and distressed after he climbed through the open window of their seaside hotel at 5.30am.
He was thrown out of the room and went straight to the nearby house where he walked in and stole a watch, Exeter Crown Court was told.
His hour-long crime spree ended when he was found by police wandering around Woolacombe eating two pies he had stolen from a chip shop.
Mudd, 24, of Exeter Road, Braunton, admitted two burglaries, attempted burglary and damaging a police van after his arrest.
He was jailed for a total of 13 months by Recorder Mr Paul Derbyshire who told him it is a shame he had not been able to remain in the army and stay out of trouble.
He said: "It is clear drink has sent you off the rails and on this morning you were very drunk indeed and went on a spree of burglaries in the very early hours.
“You went into a hotel bedroom when a couple were asleep and when that proved unsuccessful you went down the road and into a private flat where a young man was sleeping and stole his watch.
“Not content with that you went down the road again and into a chip shop where you stole the pies which you were eating when the police caught up with you.
“I accept you are remorseful, as you were when you sobered up, but that cuts little ice with the householders who have to put up with being frightened by someone entering their home in the early hours.”
Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said police were first called to the Woolacombe Bay Hotel on August 8 by a couple of holidaymakers who had woken to find Mudd in their room.
Within half and hour he broke into a flat in South Street, Woolacombe where a mother was asleep upstairs and her 22-year-old surfer son was asleep on an airbed in the lounge.
He awoke to see a man fleeing and discovered his watch was missing. Police later found it on Mudd and were able to identify it by the surf wax on its face.
Miss Bolt said Mudd was arrested at 6.25 am coming out of an alleyway into the main street eating one of two pies which he had taken from a chip shop along with some cheese.
He became violent and damaged an internal compartment in the police van with his handcuffs while being taken to Barnstaple police station.
Mr Nigel Wraith, defending, said Mudd had served for three years in the army but had been forced to leave by nerve damage to his hands caused by exposure to extreme cold.
He moved from the Royal Artillery to the Logistics corps and retrained as a chef but was still unable to remain and had developed a problem with alcohol after returning to civilian life.
He said: "When he is not drunk he is a decent, responsible, considerate individual and on this occasion he clearly had far too much to drink and acted extremely badly.”
He said Mudd was meant to have been staying in a tent but got so drunk he did not know how to find it and had tried to find a friend who worked at the hotel.
He broke into both the hotel room and the flat in the belief they were staff accommodation where he might find his friend and get a bed for the night.
Mudd has been in custody since his arrest after being recalled on licence for an earlier affray in which he was jailed for 14 months at Exeter a year ago.
In that case he broke into a woman’s home when he was drunk and subjected her to a terrifying knifepoint ordeal before passing out.
He held a meat cleaver to her throat while using one of her shirts as a makeshift mask.