Burglar jailed after being caught by Jaffa Cakes

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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.

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