A PERSISTENT burglar was caught after police found blood on a broken window.
Colin Ayre was jailed for two years after admitting his 20th burglary.
Durham Crown Court heard Ayre and an accomplice stole valuables worth £2,300 from a house in Seaton, Seaham.
“Entry was gained by smashing a conservatory window,” said Johnnie Walker, prosecuting. “The house was unoccupied, and a thorough search was undertaken.
“Among the items taken were jewellery and watches, which have never been recovered.
“A DNA sample taken from blood on the broken window was matched to Ayre.”
The court heard the householder was distressed and angry about the burglary, which left his young son unwilling to sleep alone in his bedroom.
Ayre, 34, of Kirklea Road, Houghton, admitted burglary on November 23.
He has 19 previous convictions for burglary dating back to April, 1991, when he was a juvenile.
Chris Morrison, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Ayre wishes to apologise through me for the distress he has caused.
“He suffered from a pernicious addiction to drugs for many years.
“He has been free of drugs since last summer, but was invited to assist in this offence by a man to whom he still owed £250 for earlier supplies.”
The Recorder, Ms Taryn Turner, jailed Ayre for two years.
Recorder Turner told him: “You have no respect for other people and their property.
“You have shown no respect for the law over a long period of offending.
“I have been told you are now a devoted family man, so you, if anyone, should understand the distress you have caused to the householder and his child.”
Ayre must pay a victim surcharge of £100.