Forensic Tests On Blood Left At Jewellery Shop Led To Man's Arrest

PUBLISHED: 10:51 05 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 04 May 2010

FORENSIC tests on blood found on a smashed jewellery shop window led to the arrest of Tony Caller. An intruder alarm went off when Caller broke the glass at Two Ticks Watch Services in High Street Passage in Ely, and he was seen walking away. The shop ha

FORENSIC tests on blood found on a smashed jewellery shop window led to the arrest of Tony Caller.

An intruder alarm went off when Caller broke the glass at Two Ticks Watch Services in High Street Passage in Ely, and he was seen walking away.

"The shop has toughened anti-bandit glass," prosecutor Matthew Bradbury told Ely magistrates. "Two bricks were found inside the shop, a display case had been knocked over, and the window broken."

He added: "This had all the hallmarks of a smash and grab, but the Crown accepts this is not what happened at all. At the time he was in difficulties with his medication, so we could not prove any intent."

Police called to the scene found Caller climbing over a wall at the rear of Tanning World in nearby Chequer Lane. A window at the tanning studio had been smashed,

and Caller had two tubes of tanning lotion in his pocket.

Caller, 31, of Granby Street, Littleport, admitted damaging the window at Two Ticks on October 30 last year, and a burglary charge was dropped. He also admitted stealing two tubes of tanning lotion from Tanning World in nearby Chequer Lane, and stealing a £4.97 CD from Woolworths in Ely on February 28.

Two Ticks claimed £1,250 compensation for lost business, £349 to replace the broken glass, and £750 for damaged stock. Tanning World claimed £100 compensation for the broken window, and £16 for the stolen lotion.

Solicitor Jacqui Baldwin said Caller, who is a paranoid schizophrenic and has psychotic episodes, had little recollection of the offences at Two Ticks and Tanning World, because his medication was not sufficient at the time.

"He does accept he committed reckless damage," she said. Caller's medication was sufficient in February, and he did have criminal intent when he stole the CD.

Sentencing was adjourned until May 22.

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