A ”sweet-tooth” burglar who broke into homes and scoffed biscuits, chocolates and ice cream has been jailed after his DNA was found – on a discarded fruit juice carton.
Adam Bishop-Bridges, 21, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after he admitted carrying out a spree of 16 burglaries over a four week period.
He smashed his way through rear windows armed with a spade before ”ransacking” his victims’ fridge, freezer and cupboards.
During one burglary on August 5 Bishop-Bridges scoffed a pack of choc-ices and drank from an orange juice carton, on which his DNA was later found.
Seven days later he broke into a neighbouring house and munched his way through chocolate mini eggs, biscuits and chocolates.
In an upstairs bedroom police found Bishop-Bridges had left behind another half-eaten bag of chocolate mini-eggs.
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth described Bishop-Bridges as an ”extremely troubled and disturbed young man” when he jailed him at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (24/09).
He added: ”You are still a young man at 21 and you have an appalling record.
”You think of yourself as some kind of big shot, a criminal who deserves the respect of others. You were not, and you don’t.”
Homeless Bishop-Bridges’ spree netted him £16,900 including cash, laptops, bank cards and keys.
The serial thief was on probation for another spate of burglaries when he embarked on his spree between July 12 and August 18 this year.
He admitted two break-ins and was driven around the city by police before pointing out 14 other houses he had burgled.
Mark Shelley, mitigating, claimed Bishop-Bridges has a ”really quite bad record” because he felt ”some sort of compulsion” to commit crime.
Bishop-Bridges previously served two terms in a young offenders’ institution in 2008 and 2009 after admitting more than 300 offences, including almost 100 burglaries and 76 vehicle thefts, mainly in the Ely area.