Darrell Waynes, serial burglar, sentenced to 25 years

A District man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a series of burglaries in NW in 2010.

Darrell Waynes, 53, plead guilty in December 2011 to one charge of first degree burglary and one charge of second degree burglary. He was sentenced Friday.

Waynes admitted to breaking into a house on Legation Street NW and stealing property, including a ring that he pawned the next day at a pawn shop in Maryland, according to a news release.

He also admitted to entered a home on McKinley Street NW, taking car keys then stealing a car parked outside the home. Waynes was arrested on April 18, 2010, driving the stolen car, the news release said.

Waynes was also linked to other crimes in NW, including an attempted burglary on April 12, 2010 on 32nd Place NW. He broke the window of the home, but fled when the resident returned, leaving behind a fingerprint.

Prosecutors described Waynes as a career burglar, noting that he has been convicted of breaking into people's homes in cases dating back to more than 30 years.