Detectives were able to link a glove left behind at a break-in to Tony White.
The 27-year-old, of Pavilion Road, who already had 60 convictions when he broke into a flat in Pavilion Road on August 27, pleaded guilty to burglary at Chichester Crown Court and was jailed for 29 months.
He had got in to the property through an unlocked window, searched the home and stole cash before leaving.
However he had dropped one of his gloves in the flat during the burglary and officers were able to link it to his DNA that was on record because of his previous crimes.
Detective Constable Ali Hutchings, of West Sussex CID, said: “Thanks to the officers and forensic teams working together we have been able to get a prolific burglar off the streets of Worthing.
“Every burglar we can put behind bars makes the homes of Sussex safer so any information people can give us about suspicious behaviour where they live can help us cut crime.
“Taking simple precautions like locking your doors and windows and keeping an eye out for suspicious people can help us make sure we can all enjoy a crime-free Christmas.”
If you have information about suspicious behaviour in your area call 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or, if something is happening as you call, dial 999.