Man jailed for Hastings burglary after DNA found on milk carton

A MAN has been jailed for burglary after police found his DNA in a milk carton at the scene.

Officers were called to the Cafe Royale on Castle Street in Hastings on September 7 after a break-in, with a till and a tip box containing about £300 taken from inside.

Police looked at the cafe’s CCTV and saw a man enter the premises with a carton of milk, which he set down while attempting to remove the register. He then left the milk carton at the scene.

The bottle was forensically examined and revealed a DNA match to Jake Finn, 22, of Dymchurch Road in Hythe, Kent.

Finn was arrested and charged with burglary and two counts of theft after alcohol was stolen from a supermarket in Peasmarsh three days after the Hastings incident.

He was convicted of all three offenses by Brighton Magistrates’ Court on October 8 and sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for the burglary and one week for each shoplifting offense imposed at the same time.

He was also ordered to pay £300 in compensation.

Jake Finn has been jailed for 26 weeks after breaking into a cafe in Hastings: Credit - Sussex PoliceFinn left a bag of milk at the crime scene

Inspector Aidan Cornwall, of the Hastings Neighborhood Policing Team, said: “We understand the emotional and financial impact that burglaries have on individuals and businesses and we are committed to finding those responsible for committing such crimes.

“This is the second conviction for a burglary in Hastings in as many weeks, thanks to the fantastic work of our crime scene investigators, who will continue to pursue opportunities for forensic evidence.

“In this case, the DNA found by our investigators proved crucial in identifying a suspect and securing a conviction in court.

“We continue to closely investigate reports of home and business burglaries in our community and urge people to get in touch if they see or hear about any suspicious behavior.” Man jailed for Hastings burglary after DNA found on milk carton

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