Trail of coat hangers betrays thief.
Cardiff Crown Court heard raider James Morris, 23, broke into a wedding shop to steal six bridal gowns hanging up.
But police called to the break-in spotted a tell-tale trail of coat hangers to his hiding place in a churchyard.
Morris was caught still clutching the wedding dresses - minus their hangers.
Prosecutor Tony Trigg said: "A police patrol car saw the damaged door and stopped.
"They followed a trail of coat hangers along the road from where Morris had dropped them.
"They saw Morris 300 metres down the road in a churchyard carrying a large number of these wedding gowns."
Cardiff Crown Court heard the Celtic Brides store in North Road, Cardiff, was shut for days because of the damage and missing stock.
Peter Wormwald, defending, said: "This is a somewhat farcical state.
"There is no doubt he attracted the attention of the passing police officers."
Morris admitted aggravated burglary as police found a knife on him when he was arrested. Morris, of Llanishen, Cardiff, was jailed for two years.
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Nov 28, 2009|
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