Blood spots led to charity shop burglar

THE true cost of a burglary on a Dewsbury charity shop last month was revealed in court.

Scope, which raises funds for disabled people, was targeted by drug addict Lee Knowles on May 14.

He stole £5 from the till and jewellery worth £70 but caused damage worth £400 to the Daisy Hill premises.

Knowles, 42, of Gelderd Road, Birstall, left drops of his own blood at the scene after smashing a window.

He admitted at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court to burglary, two counts of criminal damage and five vehicle offences.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “Some means was used to smash the window in the charity shop and entry was gained.

“The situation is that there was blood left at the scene and that blood led to the defendant.”

The court heard Knowles caused damage worth £100 to the window of a council home in Dewsbury on May 27.

He also tried to break into vehicles on March 12 before being confronted by a resident.

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, told the court Knowles had a history of class A drug addiction but was determined to turn his life around.

Chairman of the bench Paulette Huntington adjourned sentencing until today (Friday). Knowles was released on conditional bail.

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