Man robs second-hand store before stepping into paint creating white footsteps to his homeBy Mason White 6:06 PM April 20, 2016
By: Wayne Morin
A silly thief of the United Kingdom, was arrested after police found a trail of footsteps, leading them to the stolen property.
Durham police said that the burglar was caught after officers followed a set of painted footprints, which led them to the stolen goods.
The break-in occurred at a second-hand shop in Easington Colliery, at the junction of Seaside Lane and Vincent Street.
A small number of items had been stolen from the premises, and police had a very obvious lead.
During the break-in, the intruder accidentally knocked over a can of white paint. He stepped into it, leaving a trail of footprint impressions on the pavement from the shop to his home.
They found the stolen property in the back yard. After checking his footwear, the 27-year-old thief was arrested on a charge of burglary.
The burglar pleaded guilty to the charge, and he was handed a community rehabilitation order. He was also ordered to pay £100 ($144) for the damage he caused.