A BUNGLING burglar left a blood trail to his crimes after carrying out two raids at a college in as many weeks.
Aaron Dowson threw a brick at a window to gain entry to South Tyneside College’s Lifestyle Centre gym, and snatched a metal box valued at £80.
When when he found out it only contained classroom keys, he discarded the box about 400 metres away from the college, where it was later discovered by a member of the public.
When police investigated the break-in – which took place on Sunday, March 2 – they found blood at the scene which was matched to Dowson.
He was arrested in connection with the matter on March 27 – but by then, he had already forced his way into the college for a second time.
On Saturday, March 15, the 25-year-old gained entry to the college and stole a cash register worth £100.
Police again found blood at the scene and matched it to Dowson, who was arrested again on April 10.
Dowson entered guilty pleas to two charges of burglary at a hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last month.
He was back at court yesterday for sentencing.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “Blood samples were sent to the police’s forensic team and were matched to Mr Dowson.
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “Mr Dowson had consumed alcohol before the offences.
“He would like to apologise to the court and to the college for his actions.
“He made full admissions to the police and entered immediate guilty pleas.
“He should be given full credit for that.”
Dowson, of Brunswick Street, South Shields, was given a 12-month community order with supervision and placed under an electronically-monitored curfew for three months, from 7pm to 7am daily.
He was also ordered to pay £700 compensation to South Tyneside College to pay for the damage caused to property during the two break-ins.