Burglar jailed after being caught by Jaffa Cakes

Jaffa Cakes

Reece O'Callaghan, a 19 year old from West Heath in Birmingham, has been jailed for seven and a half years after being found guilty of burgling a local property and pleading guilty to two other charges.

In the end it was a packet of Jaffa Cakes that proved his undoing.

Jaffa Cakes

The Daily Mail reported that O'Callaghan, of Seven Acre Road, broke into a property belonging to an elderly couple in July last year. During the raid he got peckish and tucked into a pasta meal and a packet of Jaffa Cakes, before leaving with his haul.

The Birmingham Mail said he was spotted leaving, and was arrested nearby, but denied having done anything wrong. It was only after his middle fingerprint was found on the Jaffa Cake box that his story fell apart. Jason Pegg, prosecuting at the Crown Court said the evidence "literally pointed" at him.

Caught out

And he's not the only burglar to have been caught out by something surprising.

In January there was the Norfolk burglar who broke into a student's flat and stole a laptop. The job of tracking him down, and placing him at the scene of the crime was made much easier by the fact he was wearing an electronic anti-crime tag.

There was the 18 year old burglar in Stockport who was apprehended after writing his name on the wall of the property he had broken into.

Last year there was a 35-year-old who broke into a restaurant in Cambridge - stealing money and a mobile phone. While he was pocketing the cash he decided to swig from a bottle of Champagne - which gave police all the DNA they needed in order to catch him.

There are several tales from the US too, including the burglar in Washington who accidentally left his phone on charge in the house he raided.

Another US burglar with cause to reflect on some of his decisions was the man in Illinois who left a black glove at the homes he robbed as a 'calling card'. DNA on the gloves helped find the culprit - at which point they knew all the crimes he had committed.

Then there were the US criminals who covered their faces in black marker pen to disguise themselves when they tried to break into a property - they were caught with the permanent marker still on their faces.

10 wealthiest small towns in the UK
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Burglar jailed after being caught by Jaffa Cakes

Windsor is top of the tables for the UK's wealthiest towns and villages, according to research published by WealthInsight. The Berkshire town is home to 850 dollar millionaires (people with assets of more than US$1m, or £653,424)


Weybridge is second in England with a population of 19,500 and 800 to 850 millionaires.

Sevenoaks has a population of 18,500 and between 800 to 850 millionaires.

Andrew Amolis, analyst at WealthInsight said Beaconsfield's position, at number four, was "unsurprising." "It has the highest average house price outside of London (over US$750,000 per home). It also has the highest average income per household of US$110,000."

Henley-on-Thames, at number five on the list, is the town where numbers of millionaires is growing fastest, the research suggests. The number of so-called high net worth individuals increased by 25% between 2007 and 2012. "This compares very well with general UK millionaire numbers which declined by 9% over that period," said Andrew Amolis, analyst at WealthInsight.

Marlow just missed out on a top five rank with 14,000 inhabitants and between 350 and 400 millionaires in residence.

Hale is the highest-rated town closest to Manchester with a population of 15,300 and between 300 and 350 millionaires.

"Alderley Edge is considered to be the most affluent town in the North West, particularly Whitebarn Road which is one of the most expensive streets in the UK," said Andrew Amolis, analyst at WealthInsight.

Bray is number nine on the list and is home to Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant. Bray has a population of 4,600 and counts more than 300 millionaires among its residents.

Ascot finishes tenth in the list with a population of 11,600 and between 250 to 300 millionaires.


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