A burglar who was identified through blood he’d left at the scene has been jailed for two years.
Dean Thorpe broke into an address in George Road, Colchester on 19 May by smashing a kitchen window.
As he entered he cut himself, leaving drops of blood near the window and on a worktop.
Once inside he searched the address but did not take anything.
The person living at the address got home on 22 May to find it had been broken into and called the police.
Thorpe, 36, of Churchill Road, Colchester, was arrested on 19 May and when the blood found at the scene was tested, it was identified as being his.
He was charged with burglary and at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday 18 July pleaded guilty and was jailed for two years.
At the same hearing he also pleaded guilty to three other burglaries – Wimpole Road between 11 and 12 May, Nicholson Grove, Colchester on 13 May and the Co-op in Swan Street, Halstead on 4 April – which were taken into consideration.
Investigating officer PC Rob McWilliams, from Colchester CID, said: “Dean Thorpe broke into the victim’s home, causing damage to their property, and rifling through their personal possessions.
“Due to the evidence against him he was left with no option but to plead guilty.
“I hope he uses his time behind bars to think about the impact his actions have had.”