BLOOD left on a broken window led police to a burglar who has been jailed.
Sean Jonathan Cooper, of Narrowleaf Drive, Ringwood, was handed a sentence of more than two years behind bars for a burglary in Fordingbridge in November last year.
The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence at Southampton Crown Court on January 6. He was sentenced to 29 months in prison on Tuesday (February 7).
A further four burglaries, all committed by Cooper in September 2022, were taken into consideration by the Judge when passing sentence.
The court heard how on November 6, 2022, between 3am and 1pm, Cooper gained entry to an address on Bowerwood Road, Fordingbridge, by breaking a downstairs bathroom window.
Cooper was identified after a blood sample was found in the bathroom, and two fingerprints were found on broken glass.
He was arrested on November 28 and remanded into custody. He appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court on November 30, where he was further remanded until his sentencing.
Police staff investigator Stephen Hortin, of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary’s dedicated burglary unit, Operation Hawk, lead the investigation.
He said: “We take burglaries very seriously, and we will use all the tools at our disposal, including forensics, to bring offenders to justice.
“I hope this result offers closure to both victims, and serves as a warning to others who think about committing such crimes.”
Anyone who has been the victim of a burglary, or has any information on burglary and stolen goods, should contact police on 101.
For more information on how to protect your home from burglary, visit www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime.