An Eastbourne burglar, who left traces of his own blood behind after breaking into homes in the town, is behind bars.
David Robert Jones from Seaside, broke into a house in Gorringe Valley Road on 22 November, where he stole goods including an AppleMac, Omega and Citizens watches, an Acer laptop and an Xbox360 and games.
Then on 4 December Jones forced entry into a house in Lewes Road, where he stole cash and jewellery worth £2,000. Crucially, during an untidy search of the property, he left traces of blood on bedding.
Detectives and forensic investigators with the Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes priority crime team were able to use this and other clues to build a case against Jones, and after arresting him on Tuesday, 6 December they recovered a large quantity of stolen property, some of which they have managed to return to Jones's victims.
The 54-year-old was jailed at Lewes Crown Court yesterday (10 January) for four years, having pleaded guilty to two burglaries and three offences of handling stolen goods. He was also sentenced to a further year in prison for breaching early release conditions for a previous drugs offence.
Detective Inspector Jason Tuck, from the PCT, said, “The sentence handed down to Jones is a timely reminder that we will make every effort to track down burglars and bring them before the courts so that they can be punished for their crimes.”
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