TWO men ransacked the rooms of four Aberystwyth University students on one night, a judge heard.
James Foulston and Daniel Turpin stole a laptop, tablet, wedding ring, cash, sunglasses and bottles of spirits and beer.
Foulston, 30, of North Parade, and Turpin, 26, now of Portia Way, Warwick Gates, Whitnash, Warwickshire, admitted burgling the house in Portland Road on 5 November 2016.
Stephen Rees, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how the property was shared by several students.
Four of the students left about 11.40pm, having locked their rooms, but about 30 minutes later another student could see at least two men in the kitchen of the house.
Mr Rees said they appeared to be filling suitcases and rucksacks and the police were called. The student approached the property and could hear someone say, “Lads, drop the bag, the police are here”.
Foulston was arrested inside the house, but Turpin managed to escape, only to be arrested two days later.
By then, said Mr Rees, the wedding ring, which had belonged to the late mother of one of the students, had disappeared and was never found.
Foulston told police he had been so drunk he thought he had been breaking into a hotel.
His barrister, Janet Gedrych, said he had alcohol and drug issues and was currently “sofa surfing” in Aberystwyth.
Tom Scapens, for Turpin, said he had fallen in with the “wrong crowd” while in Aberystwyth and had since moved back to his father’s home and changed his ways.
Judge Peter Heywood said he noted the effect that the break in had had on the students, who were now apprehensive about their security.
The wedding ring, he said, had been of huge sentimental value and could not be replaced.
And there was a suggestion a third person had been involved and that they had acted as a gang.
Turpin, who had a previous conviction for burglary, was jailed for 14 months and Foulston for 12 months.