An Eastbourne burglar who left a DNA sample at the scene of a break-in has been sentenced to 18 months’ youth custody.
The construction site for the Pacific House Business Park, Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, was burgled and computer and surveying equipment worth more than £19,000 was stolen in October 2014.
A DNA sample was obtained and a detailed investigation, led by the Priority Crime Team and supported by neighbourhood officers, was launched.
The trail led to a local man, Tom Fear, 20, and on August 27 he appeared at Lewes Crown Court and pleaded guilty to burglary.
He was sentenced to 18 months’ youth custody and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
Sergeant Julian Williams, of the Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, welcomed the sentence.
He said, “This is yet another demonstration of our determination to bring people to justice for their crimes.
“This offence caused significant disruption to the building work that was taking place on the site.
“The fact that we were able to identify the offender shows the contribution the community makes to keeping Sovereign Harbour safe for residents and businesses.
“I hope this is a message to criminals that we will not relent in getting justice for victims of their crimes.”
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