A burglar who was caught with the help of CCTV and DNA matches has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.
Frankie Gavin’s DNA was found on a screwdriver that had been left at the scene of a burglary in Great Gregorie, Basildon, in the early hours of Monday May 20 this year.
A Mercedes S Class was stolen while the owners were on holiday. The car was found the following day in Pitsea, where it was found parked next to a Ford Fiesta at the Tesco Extra supermarket.
Both cars drove off when police arrived and a pursuit ensued. The Fiesta was found dumped at Basildon bus station and Gavin was arrested after being seen running away.
The Mercedes was later found in Nether Priors.
It was discovered the Fiesta had been stolen from outside the Great Gregorie address the previous evening, after officers had attended the initial burglary.
Gavin was arrested at the scene and released on bail while officers continued their enquiries. These included the forensic checks, which established a DNA match on the screwdriver, and his fingerprints on the Fiesta and a can of Red Bull inside the car.
He was re-arrested on Thursday August 29 after he tried to pawn two distinctive rings that had been stolen from a house in Clenshaw Path, Basildon, five days earlier.
The victim had alerted local pawnbrokers after the burglary, so when Gavin went into one of the shops with the rings, the staff contacted police.
He was identified on CCTV from the store.
Gavin admitted the Basildon burglaries, two of theft in relation to the cars and one of dangerous driving when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday October 9.
He also admitted criminal damage after a parked car was damaged while the Mercedes was being driven away from the scene in Great Gregorie, and a further burglary in Shirlock Road, Camden, on Wednesday March 27.
The 30-year-old of no fixed address was jailed for four-and-a-half years for the offences, and a suspended sentence was activated, adding an extra year to his overall jail term.
PC Greg Roche, of Basildon CID, said: “Gavin denied all knowledge of his crimes when we questioned him in custody. He then made attempts to pawn two rings that he had stolen from a home in Basildon.
“His attempts were unsuccessful and he was re-arrested and charged before receiving a lengthy custodial sentence this week.
“I’d like to thank the victims and witnesses who assisted us with our investigations.
“I hope his sentence provides some closure to those who were affected by Gavin’s actions.”