Burglar left blood at crime scene in Grimsby
BLOOD stains trapped a burglar who smashed a window and raided a drop-in centre for homeless people, Grimsby Magistrates’ Court heard.
Peter Armstrong, 30, of Bevan House, Albion Street, Grimsby, admitted burglary between December 30 and January 3.
Brendan Woodward, prosecuting, said Armstrong smashed a window at the Doorstep premises in Pasture Street, Grimsby.
He rifled through items, damaged a microwave oven and stole three mobile phones from an office.
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Armstrong was traced from blood stains found in the office and on the broken window. One of the mobile phones was discovered at his home. He had thrown the other two away after finding them blocked.
Steven Freestone, mitigating, said Armstrong had been jailed in 2010, but had been out of trouble for nearly three years.
He had a long history of drug abuse and committed the burglary after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs at a party.
Unemployed Armstrong, who is on methadone, was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence, a 12-week 8pm to 8am curfew and was ordered to pay £250 compensation.