A MAN jailed after committing two burglaries in the space of four days was snared after dropping a sock from one of his crime scenes.
Sunderland crook Stephen Lindsay broke into a house in Cleadon on June 10, and stole a TV, laptop and a BMW motor vehicle.
Four days later the 25-year-old targeted another home in Jarrow, where he helped himself to a large amount of jewellery as well as a laptop, iPod nano and a digital camera.
Both offences were committed while Lindsay was on licence for a previous burglary offence, Newcastle Crown Court was told.
Graham O’Sullivan, prosecuting, said: “After his second burglary Mr Smith, who has lived in the property for 28 years, noticed a sock was missing and wondered if the burglar had used it to take the jewellery.
“His daughter saw a sock at the local Metro station and Mr Smith went to see if it was the same one.
“The police, having found this sock, collected the CCTV footage and that is when they saw the defendant entering the Metro station shortly after the burglary.”
Lindsay was arrested on July 3 in Whitburn and admitted the burglary. He also admitted another committed on June 10.
Tony Hawks, defending, said: “He has a rather depressing history. His mother died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve when he was 11 years old.
“His father couldn’t cope and he was taken into care. He suffered from chronic solvent abuse followed by drug abuse.
“Part of this young man’s problems are due to having no family and no structural support.
Lindsay pleaded guilty to two dwelling house burglaries.
Jailing him for three years and seven months, Judge John Milford said: “Both of your offences came just days after you were released on licence and living at the YMCA in Sunderland.
“You have a poor record, having served six years for robbery in the past.”
He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £120.