Injured burglar jailed after cops find his blood at OAP’s property

A “DESPICABLE” burglar who injured himself smashing a window to get into an elderly woman’s home has been jailed after police forensically linked blood from the scene to him.

Shaun Mason (55) broke into the property in East Herringthorpe on Thursday, April 6, taking a television, money and wedding rings, with the pensioner returning home after shopping to find her property ransacked.

When Mason was arrested by officers in the Neighbourhood Crime Team in Rotherham, he admitted committing the burglary and told detectives he wanted to go back to prison. 

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Det Con Jack Mitchell said: “Mason was quickly identified as being responsible for the burglary, as he’d smashed the window of the rear door to gain entry, causing injury to himself and bleeding within the property.

“He didn’t give any thought to the DNA evidence he was leaving behind linking him to his despicable crime, and he clearly had no regard for the victim’s home or her belongings.

“The blood from the scene was forensically linked to Mason, and we also found CCTV of Mason carrying the woman’s television. 

“Checks with local pawn shops confirmed Mason had brought the television in to be traded.”

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Mason, formerly of Dalton Lane, Rotherham, was sentenced to 16 months in prison after admitting burglary and theft at Sheffield Crown Court last Thursday.

Det Con Mitchell continued: “Within the Neighbourhood Crime Team, we are absolutely committed to targeting, disrupting and apprehending those individuals who commit burglaries. 

“We know that this crime has a massive impact on victims because your home is where you are supposed to feel safe.

“We are indebted to the victim in this case for her support and resolve – it’s a shocking and upsetting experience to return home to find your property has been damaged and sentimental items taken. 

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“We’re also grateful to the local community for helping with our enquiries.

“Mason was arrested, charged and sentenced within around a month of his crimes taking place. 

“I hope this demonstrates to the public how determined we are to tackle this crime and bring offenders before the courts.”