"Can't catch me" thief caught by fingerprints on marker pen used

Published Wednesday, Oct 7 2015, 20:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A bungling burglar who scrawled "Can't catch me" at the scene of the crime, was caught after his fingerprints were found on the marker pen he used.

John Stevens, 25, broke into Rumwood Cricket Club in Maidstone, Kent in June, stealing a handbag and three cricket balls.

John Stevens was caught for burglary after leaving fingerprints on a marker pen used to writer "Can't catch me" at the scene

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Before fleeing, he helped himself to a glass of squash and graffitied the walls with the taunting message.

When police examined the scene, swabs showed Stevens DNA all over the glass and pen he used. They later recovered the stolen objects at Stevens's home.

The cocky culprit denied theft but admitted taking a "late night walk" and going into the club for a glass of squash.

When confronted with the DNA evidence, the father-of-one finally admitted burglary. He was given a fine of £120, £180 criminal courts charge and a £20 victim surcharge, as well as a six-month community order.

Rod Bailey, groundsman at the club, told The Mirror that £400 worth of damage had been caused.

He said: "We are a very small club and these kind of incidents can almost bring us to our knees and send us into liquidation."

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