A dropped glove enabled detectives to identify a serial burglar after he broke into a flat in Pavilion Road, Worthing on August 27th. Tony White pleaded guilty to burglary at Chichester Crown Court and was jailed for 29 months.
Mr White, 27, who lived in Pavilion Road, already had 60 convictions before the break-in. He got in through an unlocked window, searched the home and stole cash before leaving.
However he dropped one of his gloves in the flat and officers were able to link it to his DNA on record because of previous crimes.
Operation Magpie was launched to tackle burglary across Sussex.
Detective Constable Ali Hutchings, of West Sussex CID, said: “Thanks to the officers and forensic teams working together we have been able to get a prolific burglar off the streets of Worthing.
“Every burglar we can put behind bars makes the homes of Sussex safer so any information people can give us about suspicious behaviour where they live can help us cut crime.
“Taking simple precautions like locking your doors and windows and keeping an eye out for suspicious people can help us make sure we can all enjoy a crime-free Christmas.”
If you have information about suspicious behaviour in your area call 101, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or, if something is happening as you call, dial 999.