Burglar was tracked down by his trainers.
Byline: Paul Beard Crime Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A BURGLAR has been jailed after police matched his trainers to footprints left at the scene of two of his crimes.
Ryan Kean made a dash to his Mercedes getaway car when he realised he had been spotted by police near a property he had broken into.
But police who later arrested him matched his trainers to the scene, and to another burglary in which valuable Asian jewellery and PS5,000 in cash was stolen.
He pleaded guilty at the crown court in Leamington to burgling both properties and driving while disqualified.
Kean, aged 33, of Cossington Road, Holbrooks, Coventry, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for the burglaries, with a further four-month term for the driving offence.
Recorder Nicholas Cartwright also banned him for two years and made a deprivation order for the Mercedes because it had been used in the commission of a crime.
Prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe said that officers on duty in the Bulkington area on September 1 saw Kean near a property in Nuneaton Road where an alarm was sounding.
Kean ran to a nearby cul-de-sac where he got into a Mercedes car and drove off, but was followed and stopped on the A444 as he headed to Coventry.
Footprints in the Nuneaton Road house matched the soles of his trainers - and identical footprints were found in a house in Lutterworth Road, Nuneaton, which he had burgled a few days earlier.
The family had returned to find two HGV tyres had been stacked up by Kean to enable him to get to a first-floor balcony, where he had forced the doors and ransacked a bedroom, escaping with the cash and jewellery.
Mr Amarasinghe added that Kean had 29 previous court appearances for 79 offences including attempted burglary and two for burglary, which made him a "three-strikes" burglar.
Toby Long, defending, said Kean's son had been born with a serious heart defect which has required regular hospitalisation, and describing him as "an active and involved father".