Burglar snared by DNA from blood left at two crime scenes

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A burglar and thief from Derbyshire was snared after leaving his DNA at two places he broke into.

Derby Crown Court was told how William Smith left blood on a kitchen surface at a house he smashed his way into while its owner was away on holiday.

At the same time he left blood on goods he was trying to take after jumping over a fence at a Derbyshire branch of The Range.

William Smith has been jailed for 16 months

William Smith has been jailed for 16 months

That enabled police forensics teams to match his DNA profile with both crimes and the 41-year-old was arrested.

Smith, who has 33 convictions for 89 offences, 72 of which relate to theft, pleaded guilty to both of those break-ins and also to a further four shoplifting offences.

Now he has been put back behind bars for 12 months having previously been handed jail terms as high as four years for past offences.

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Lucky Thandi, prosecuting, said: “A combination of the two DNA matches and him being recognised on shop CCTV by a police officer who knew him have seen him arrested for these offences.

“Items at The Range were covered in blood and staff reviewed CCTV which saw this defendant climbing over a fence to gain access at 2am on August 31 of this year.

“That blood matched his DNA after scenes of crime officers analysed it.

“The same blood was found on the kitchen surface of a house the defendant broke into between August 27 and 31.”

The case was heard at Derby Crown Court

The case was heard at Derby Crown Court

Miss Thandi read out a victim impact statement made by the woman who lives at the house that Smith burgled.

In it she said: “I do not feel safe in my own home anymore and I cannot sleep because of this.

“I feel on edge, nervous and afraid to go into the kitchen which was broken into.”

Smith pleaded guilty to burgling the house in Stubbing Road, Birdholme, Chesterfield and theft from The Range, also in Chesterfield, where his blood was found.

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He pleaded guilty to four shop thefts, all in Chesterfield, between June 16 and August 6, where he took items including cheese and washing powder.

He also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence, also for shoplifting, imposed on July 19.

Jailing Smith, of Birchwood Crescent, Chesterfield, for 16 months, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “You are 41 years of age and you have a shocking record, primarily in recent years no doubt due to the drugs issues you have faced.

“In terms of the house burglary the owner was away on holiday so we don’t know if it took place during the day or at night.”

Emma Covelly, for Smith, said her client “has a history of misuse of class A drugs throughout his life”.

She said: “He knows it is going to be custody today.”