Drunken Burglar Left Fingerprints Behind After Breaking Into Boat Yard

PUBLISHED: 12:12 01 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 04 May 2010

A DRUNKEN teenage burglar left fingerprints behind after breaking into the office at The Boat Yard in Ely. He was one of three raiders to break into the premises over the Easter weekend, when hundreds of pounds worth of equipment were stolen. Entry was g

A DRUNKEN teenage burglar left fingerprints behind after breaking into the office at The Boat Yard in Ely.

He was one of three raiders to break into the premises over the Easter weekend, when hundreds of pounds worth of equipment were stolen.

"Entry was gained through a wooden door that was forced open, the intruders made an untidy search and various items were taken," Ely magistrates heard from prosecutor Laura Mardell on Thursday.

Ten pounds in cash was taken from a petty cash tin hidden in the owner's desk drawer - and Thomas Moore's finger prints were found on it when forensic tests were carried out by police.

Also stolen from the office were a lap top computer, a flat screen monitor, two telephones, a computer hard drive, and two cans of lager.

"Scenes of crime officers lifted finger prints from the cash tin, and they came back as a match for Moore," she said.

Owner Gary Norman claimed £760 compensation for the stolen items and damage caused to the door.

Moore, 18, of Cotman Road, Ipswich, admitted burgling the office between April 12 and 14.

Mitigating, solicitor Jacqui Baldwin said: "My client had been drinking heavily that day; he had been out with mates.

"He cannot remember how he got to Ely, but accepts he was involved in the burglary, his finger prints were found on the tin.

"He was one of three people involved, but he was the only one who was caught."

Moore was given a 12-month supervision order with 120 hours of unpaid work. He must pay £250 compensation and £60 costs.

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