Burglar caught out by blood on broken window
BURGLAR Gareth Foxall has been jailed after breaking into a city centre shop.
The 34-year-old smashed the front window of Eve Hair and Beauty, in Hanley, and stole the till and beauty products from inside.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he was caught after his blood was found on broken glass at the scene.
Heather Chamberlin, prosecuting, told the court: "The manager closed the store at 5.30pm on July 27.
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"The next morning he received a phone call from the caretaker, who said the window had been smashed. Inside products had been strewn across the floor.
"The till had been taken, containing £300 cash. The window cost £1,000 to repair."
The court heard stock – mainly hair extensions – worth up to £9,000 had also been stolen. However Foxall only admitting taking £600 in cash and goods.
Miss Chamberlin said: "There was blood at the scene in glass that had been broken. A DNA profile was obtained and matched to the defendant.
"He was arrested and when he was interviewed he answered largely no comment, apart from to say he had been involved in a fight outside the shop and possibly that was an explanation for how his blood came to be at the scene."
Foxall, who has 41 previous convictions for 70 offences, later pleaded guilty to burglary.
Richard Oldroyd, mitigating, said Foxall had kept out of trouble for five years before personal problems saw him turn to drugs.
"From 2002 to 2007 he did not trouble the courts," said Mr Oldroyd. "He had a relationship, a child, a job and a mortgage.
"But his relationship broke up in 2006 and he went to live with his mother. Out of the blue his mother died and it hit him hard.
"From there he's led a chaotic lifestyle, principally stealing from shops to fund his addiction.
"He has used his time in custody usefully. He has reduced his methadone intake and is receiving bereavement counselling."
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Foxall, of Union Street, Hanley, to eight months in prison.
He told him: "You broke into this shop in the early hours. The owner plainly has lost revenue as a result.
"You left your blood at the scene and gave a daft account in interview to try to explain it.
"You have regularly been before the courts since you were 17 years old, but there was a five-year gap when your life seems to have been more settled."