A SHARP-EYED crime scene investigator noticed a man wearing trainers which matched footprints found at the scene of a burglary.
Robert Fletcher, who had broken into a neighbour’s flat after getting drunk following the break-up with his girlfriend, was then arrested.
Fletcher, 26, of Hesketh Avenue, Bispham, admitted burgling a flat on his home road.
He was find £435 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £44 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said a man went on holiday and then returned to his flat between January 4 and 12 in Hesketh Road to find his door damaged and a DVD and lead missing.
A crime scene investigator discovered footprints at the flat and while making door-to-door inquiries noticed Fletcher was wearing trainers with a matching tread to the footprints.
Steven Townley, defending, said it had been suggested by the police Fletcher would receive a caution if he wrote a letter of apology and bought the victim a new DVD player, both of which he did.
The Crown Prosecution Service was then consulted and decided he must be charged.