A MAN who stole items from a museum has been found guilty.
Thomas Hyde, 30, broke into the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery on Bohemia Road at around 2:20am on August 14.
Hyde caused more than £1,000 worth of damage and smashed into a collection box to steal banknotes as well as a limited edition photo book and charity pins, which were sold to raise money for a hospice.
The museum’s alarm was activated and the police visited the museum.
Officers were told by staff at a nearby recreation center that a photo book and pins had been discarded nearby.
A shard of blood-stained glass was found.
DNA testing revealed the blood belonged to Hyde and he was arrested.
Hyde, who has no fixed address, was later charged with burglary and found guilty in Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Edward Street on Saturday.
The court released Hyde on conditional bail to allow sentencing reports to be produced.
Inspector Aidan Cornwall, of the Hastings Neighborhood Policing Team, said: “Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is a long-standing and popular attraction in the city that relies on grants and donations.
“The financial loss suffered as a result of this burglary, including the fact that the museum had to close for a day while the damage was repaired, adds to the burden at a time when many facilities are already struggling.
“Hyde showed complete disregard for the impact his actions would have on the museum, the charities he supports and the wider community.
“Thanks to the speedy recovery of the discarded items, we were able to forensically link him to the burglary and secure a speedy conviction in court.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22852276.man-burgled-hastings-museum-found-guilty/?ref=rss Found guilty of burglary at Hastings Museum