Chesterfield burglar was snared by a finger print

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A burglar who raided two units at a business park was tracked down by police who found his finger print at the scene of one of his crimes.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court recently heard how Jonathan Jowle, 25, of Central Avenue, Boythorpe, Chesterfield, broke into the two units at Boythorpe Business Park and stole electrical items and some milk.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “There were two burglaries at adjacent commercial properties.

“One was found to have been entered by a door which had been smashed and £500 worth of electrical items were stolen with some goods taken from a storage area behind a counter.

“On a box next to items a finger print was found.

“The unit next door had had a window broken to gain entry and a pint of milk had been moved.”

Following a finger print identity check, police tracked Jowle down to his sister’s home where he had been hiding in one of her bedrooms, according to Mrs Allsop.

Jowle originally denied committing the burglaries during a police interview and claimed he had been to one of the units to have a computer games console repaired but the victim revealed that he does not carry out repairs.

Jowle later pleaded guilty to the burglaries which were committed last month.

Defence solicitor Felicity Clarke said Jowle admitted committing the burglaries and argued that the second break-in only involved a broken window and some milk which he had drunk.

Magistrates committed the case to Derby Crown Court for sentencing on May 14.