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Chocolate box prints helped catch burglar

PUBLISHED: 13:15 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 August 2010

A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting burgling a house.

A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting burgling a house.

Unemployed Sean Hart, of Riverdale Road, Erith, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years at Woolwich Crown Court.

He was caught after forensic experts found his fingerprint on a cardboard chocolate box found in a property in Thamesmead following a break-in on December 1, last year. Investigating officer Mark McDonald said: "The evidence found at the scene led us directly to Sean Hart, who is well known to police for committing similar offences. The sentence handed down sends out a clear message that burglars are not welcome in this borough."

Neighbours called police after seeing two men dumping sports bags containing computer equipment and climbing over fences at the back of the victim's house.

Hart was also given a two year supervision order when he appeared last Friday.

Enquiries continue to identify a second suspect.

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