Burglar broke in with credit card

PUBLISHED: 13:07 12 October 2007 | UPDATED: 20:10 01 June 2010

TEENAGE burglar Simon Downham used a credit card to open the lock on a neighbour s flat and then stole £900 worth of property. But he left a set of finger prints behind - and when he was arrested almost all his haul was still inside his Wisbech home. Appe

TEENAGE burglar Simon Downham used a credit card to open the lock on a neighbour's flat and then stole £900 worth of property.

But he left a set of finger prints behind - and when he was arrested almost all his haul was still inside his Wisbech home.

Appearing before Fenland magistrates on Tuesday, 18-year-old Downham, of Brancaster Court, admitted burglary. He stole a stereo system, DVDs, jewellery and ornaments. Only the ornaments were not recovered, because Downham had sold them.

"The owner was not present, there was no ransacking and some of the stolen items were recovered," said solicitor John Clarke.

Sentencing was adjourned until October 30.

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