Police followed trail of blood to catch bungling Sunderland TV thief

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A TRAIL of blood led police to a thief who smashed a shop window to steal a TV.

Alan Kenrick used a shovel to shatter the window of Mason’s games arcade in Sunderland, before running off with the £500 set.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that a witness tipped off police, who followed splashes of blood from the shop in Fawcett Street.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said police were contacted at 1.15am on May 10, to say a man had been seen running past Infinity bar in High Street West towards John Street.

He added: “This male was the defendant, seen carrying a large flatscreen TV and had blood running from his hands.

“Police found the front window had been destroyed and a spade and a drain cover placed against the wall.”

Officers went to the nearby Norfolk Hotel, where they found fresh blood outside and on the steps.

Kenrick was found washing his hands in one of the rooms, where police also found blood-stained clothing and the TV hidden under his bed.

Kenrick was arrested but re-offended minutes after being released from custody later that day, stealing Thornton’s chocolate and chocolate buttons from Wilkinson, worth £1.96.

The court heard he also tried to steal a top from Ark Menswear in Blandford Street on March 14, but was confronted by a member of staff.

The top was recovered but was damaged after Kenrick ripped off the security tag.

Finally, he was charged with stealing a fridge, freezer and cooker from a flat in Sailsbury Street, Sunderland, he was renting between Christmas Eve and January 3.

Tony Southwick, defending, said Kenrick had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago and told he would be in a wheelchair within five years.

He said: “He knows he is getting close to that time and is a troubled young man. He knows he has a problem.”

Kenrick was jailed for 21-weeks after pleading guilty to all the offences.