Burglar tracked by DNA

A HAPLESS burglar is today in prison after he left a trail of blood at the scene of his crime.Craig Friston was part of a gang who broke into the Argos store in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, in March.

A HAPLESS burglar is today in prison after he left a trail of blood at the scene of his crime.

Craig Friston was part of a gang who broke into the Argos store in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, in March.

Friston, 29, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court charged with breaking into the store and stealing 11 cameras, and he admitted both charges.

Along with three others, Friston, of Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, threw a paving slab to smash the front window of the shop in Hamilton Road at 4am on March 20.


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The gang then went into the shop and threw a television to smash a glass display cabinet full of cameras.

The gang then took the 11 cameras, worth £1,449.

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Prosecutor Margaret Cutts told the court: "He left blood on the television and on the glass and was tracked through his DNA."

When he appeared in court Friston was already in custody after being sentenced on May 5 to four months in prison for driving whilst disqualified.

However, Neil Saunders, mitigating, told the court Friston would prefer a further custodial sentence for this offence to help him continue with progress he had made to break a drug habit.

Mr Saunders said: "It is amazing what a couple of weeks inside does.

"He's a lot better now than he was then and he now wants a clean slate.

"He wants this chance and he wants to take it in prison, he wants to carry on with the good work."

Sentencing Friston to another four months behind bars, magistrate Leisha Klein said: "This is the only suitable punishment. We have reduced the sentence because you pleaded guilty.

"We hear that you are trying to get off drugs and we hope that is successful."

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