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Trace of blood snares serial burglar

PUBLISHED: 14:35 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 25 August 2010

A SERIAL burglar who was caught by police after he left traces of blood on a smashed window and a duvet has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

A SERIAL burglar who was caught by police after he left traces of blood on a smashed window and a duvet has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Unemployed Anthony Francis Brindle, 43, (pictured) of no fixed abode was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to burglary.

When police traced Brindle he was already in prison at HMP Highdown in Sutton, where he was on remand for another offence after already clocking up 80 convictions.

He was caught after breaking into a house in Crayford on March 14 between noon and 2pm and stole jewellery, an iPod and two phones.

When the owner returned from shopping at 2pm, she found blood on the smashed kitchen window and ransacked bedrooms. The cost of the goods stolen and the damage done to the property totalled £1,600.

Blood traces from the smashed window and on a duvet in one of the bedrooms came back as a match for Brindle who was already well known to police.

PC Brad Clough said: "Brindle is a career criminal with over 80 convictions for burglary, theft, fraud and drug offences. We tracked him down to HMP Highdown where he was on remand for another offence and on April 28 we charged him the burglary.

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