Burglar left his probation appointment card behind in victim's house.
A burglar was caught after dropping his probation office appointment card at the scene of a crime, a judge heard yesterday. Police found Larry Black's name and address and his fingerprints on the card, Swansea Crown Court was told. But before police found him, he was arrested for a different crime.
Black, 21, of Paviland Place, Portmead, Swansea, was jailed for two years and six months after admitting burglary, theft, taking a vehicle without permission, possessing a small quantity of heroin and various motoring offences.
Mr Simpson said Black broke into a terraced house in the centre of Swansea on May 4 and stole five samurai swords, cash, a DVD player and a gold necklace worth pounds 100. But he left behind his appointment card bearing details of his next appointment with a probation officer. Police found a pounds 10 bag of heroin at his home, but there was no sign of Black.
On June 12, a man reported his Transit van had been stolen and an officer in Penygraig Road spotted the vehicle. Black was behind the wheel. Inside the van, officers found a moped Black had stolen from an address in Brynmill.
Black's barrister said his client was a heroin addict and had spent so long in custody there was a risk of him becoming institutionalised.
Judge Michael Burr said there could not have been better evidence of his guilt than the probation card. "There was little option but to plead guilty."