A BUNGLING burglar was tracked down after leaving a trail of blood at the South Tyneside shop he had broken into.
Liam Hall cut his hand climbing through a window which he smashed at Affordable Fashions on the Bede Industrial Estate, Jarrow.
The 21-year-old then left blood and fingerprints on the shop’s till, which he pulled out but left behind when he realised it was empty.
Police arrested him after matching the blood and fingerprints to their records.
Hall pleaded guilty to burglary at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Zeena Begum, prosecuting, said: “Just after 5pm on July 1, the manager of the shop locked up for the night.
“When she returned the next morning to open up, the alarm was sounding and they noticed that a window was broken.
“Inside there was a fresh trail of blood between the window and the till, which had been unplugged.”
Ms Begum said that when the police turned up, they took a sample of the blood and fingerprints, which they later matched to Hall.
She added: “When Hall was arrested, he said he broke into the shop because he was short of money and he thought the unit would be easy to break into.
“He wanted to steal the till, but realised there was no money in it and he had cut himself on the way in.
“He told the officers that he knew they would eventually come to talk to him because of the blood he had left at the scene.”
Hall, of High Street West, Sunderland, was jailed for eight weeks in May after breaching a suspended sentence he was given for shoplifting from Asda in South Shields.
The court heard that Hall had been released from prison a week before the burglary.
Iain Jordan, defending, said: “He was living with his brother earlier this year and wasn’t claiming any benefits because it would have affected his brother’s claim.
“As a result of that, he had no money, and the accommodation wasn’t particularly stable.
“However, he now has stable accommodation and is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, meaning that he has no excuses for committing crimes.
“When this happened he had been out of custody for a week and had no money. He was trying to steal cash.”
Magistrates decided to let Hall’s community order continue and gave him a five-month electronically monitored curfew between 8pm and 8am.
He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.