Burglar who tried to wash away crime scene blood with Pepsi sent to jail

A bungling burglar who cut himself while breaking into a Pizza Hut restaurant then returned to the scene of the crime to try and wash away the trail of blood with a bottle of Pepsi has been jailed.

William Trotter, 37, was caught on CCTV smashing his way into the chain’s Sunderland branch in the early hours of December 17.

He got away with £100 from the till but went back to the scene of the crime after realising he had cut himself and tried to sluice the evidence away using a large bottle of cola.

But despite his attempts to clear up, he was traced from blood spatters he had missed.

Trotter, of East Vines, Sunderland, was jailed for four years and one month on Wednesday at Newcastle Crown Court, Northumbria Police said.

He had admitted to three other burglary offences as well as the Pizza Hut break-in.

He also pleaded guilty to a common assault charge related to one of the burglaries, when he attacked homeowners who caught him in their property.

He was traced by his DNA after he left a hat at that scene.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Stu Havery, of Northumbria Police, said: “William Trotter went on what can only be described as an inexplicable burglary spree that caused widespread misery to both residents and businesses.

“He continually showed a blatant disregard for the law as he broke into both homes and commercial premises across the city to satisfy his own greed.

“Trotter is the latest in a line of serial burglars who’ve been locked up in Sunderland and South Tyneside this year, and I hope his sentence sends out an important message to other opportunistic offenders – you will be caught, and you will be brought to justice.”

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