Burglar traced through blood does not remember

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A man who broke into Stowmarket’s Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) was traced through blood left at the scene.

At Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said a CAB employee had arrived at work on July 4, last year, to find a window had been smashed, an internal door damaged and a mobile phone stolen.

Blood left at the scene was traced to Jonathan Daniel Sheldrake, said Mr Ablett.

Malcolm Plummer, in mitigation, said Sheldrake believed he was intoxicated as he could not remember the burglary.

Having split up with his girlfriend, he was sofa-surfing and drinking very heavily, he said.

Sheldrake, 28, of Kent Road, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to burglary other than a dwelling.

He received a 12 month community order with supervision and alcohol treatment. He was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to CAB and £40 in costs.