Brandon burglar caught after he left a fingerprint while rifling through drawers

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A burglar, caught by a fingerprint he left on a drawer he rifled, has been jailed for a year.

Peteris Valters, 23, burgled the house in Wellington Close, Brandon, while the occupant was still inside, a court heard.

A jury at Ipswich Crown Court was told he stole cash and bank cards from inside. the property between July 20 and July 23 last year.

The house had been unlocked and although the occupant was inside the house at the time of the burglary, he was not disturbed by Valters.

Prosecutor Robert Sadd said police arrested Valters after finding the finger print.

But Valters, who spoke through a Lithuanian interpreter, denied the burglary charge, saying he had been in Hull at the time, helping his brother buy a car.

“I have no idea what my fingerprint was doing there,” he said, claiming he had never been to the address.

But the jury found Valters, of London Road, Brandon, guilty last month.

And on Monday he was back in court to be sentenced.

Mr Recorder Ian Glen who said the offence was so serious that custody was the only option.