Man caught for burglary after leaving spoon behind from eating stolen dessert
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A burglar was caught after he left DNA on a discarded spoon he used to eat a stolen cheesecake with.
Jason Stratford, aged 36 and of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to burglary at a bar in Cirencester on Saturday 2 January.
At around 1am he entered the premises and began stealing several bottles of alcohol.
In the process he also helped himself to a cheesecake in the kitchen area, the spoon he was using to eat the cheesecake he then dropped on the floor.
Stratford was caught on CCTV and was also identified by members of staff who later confronted him and recovered a set of keys from him which he had also stolen.
Cotswold Local Policing officers then used the DNA from the discarded spoon to forensically link Stratford to the scene and to later charge him with the offence.
His crimes that evening totalled £1846 and he was sentenced to 18 weeks and to pay compensation of £1825.
Stratford's offending also activated a 16-week suspended sentence he had been given for a previous burglary in August last year which has led to him being jailed for a total of 34 weeks.
He appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court and was sentenced on Monday 25 January.
Speaking on behalf of Investigating Officer PC Mike Lee, DC Nick Henry said: "Burglary is a callous crime, targeting a business that has already likely been damaged due to the pandemic.
"We wish to thank the staff members for their vigilance in assisting the investigation and bringing this offender to justice, ultimately taking him off of the streets of Cirencester.
"Gloucestershire Constabulary hopes that the sentence sends a message that criminal activity, regardless of the pandemic, will not be tolerated and criminals will be brought to justice."