Fingerprints lead to conviction four years after Bury school break-in

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Fingerprints Catherine Louise Garrard left on a school skylight in 2010 led to her facing burglary charges in court today.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard that Garrard, 21, of Ipswich Street, Bury, did not have a criminal record in 2010, so the fingerprints found at Horringer Court School could not be identified and her accomplice had refused to name her.

But Colette Harper, prosecuting, said that in March this year, when Garrard faced an assault charge, her fingerprints were linked to the 2010 burglary by the national fingerprint database computer.

Garrard pleaded guilty today to burglary and theft of £815 cash in June 2010.

Mrs Harper said she and her accomplice had broken into the school kitchen and stolen £15 from a till and £800 from a safe, after finding the key. They also did more than £600 worth of damage to the skylight.

Garrard was also charged with being in breach of two six-month community orders, one made in January for disorderly behaviour and one in March for assault by beating,

Marie Bluett, for the Probation Service, said Garrard had missed numerous supervision appointments, having last attended on February 19.

David Stewart, mitigating, said in 2010 she had been short of money so she went into the school.

He said: “It is hard to get to the bottom of why she hasn’t attended appointments. She has epilepsy and may have had minor fits which stopped her attending.”

The court revoked the original community orders and instituted a new 12-month order for supervision and to attend a compliance activity. She was ordered to pay £741.21 compensation.