A HAPLESS burglar left behind evidence with his DNA on it as he stole irreplaceable baby memorabilia including a birth certificate and hospital tags.
Sidney Isaacs broke into Martha Thomas’s caravan on Lower Barncoose Terrace and stole items valued at £1,850 including a baby box, jewellery and a camera.
At the same time Isaacs left something behind, Truro Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
Elaine Hobson, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “There was a strange knife that had been left at the premises.
“The knife had not come from the caravan.”
Forensic tests revealed DNA matching Isaacs, of Cardew Close, Redruth, on the item.
Isaacs, 51, initially told police he had nothing to do with the break-in between January 2 and 5 and had lost the knife in question, but later pleaded guilty.
Isaacs also admitted two burglaries of caravans with intent to steal at the Forge Industrial Park in Camborne between January 17 and 20 and stealing two bottles of First Cape white wine from Tesco in Redruth on February 10.
In both of those caravans, police found Isaacs’ blood.
He had more than 40 previous convictions including two for dwelling house burglary.
In her victim impact statement, Ms Thomas’s said the jewellery, which had been left to her by her stepmother, and the baby items simply could not be replaced and described “the haunted feeling that her personal space had been invaded”.
The items have never been recovered.
Jeremy Leaning, defending, said: “All the offending can be rightfully characterised as alcohol infused opportunism.”
He added that the burglaries were not done in a professional manner and that they had been clumsy.
Of the baby memorabilia, Mr Leaning said: “He had tried to remember where those went and were placed but he is not able to remember.
“If he could he would very much want those items to be recovered on Ms Thomas’ behalf.”
Sentencing Isaacs to two and a half years in prison, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “I have little doubt that Ms Thomas is deeply distressed by what you in your stupidity did.”