A bungling burglar who broke into a Dewsbury charity shop was tracked down after leaving his own blood at the scene.

Serial offender Lee Knowles, 42, from Batley, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates Court in custody after the court issued a warrant for his arrest. He pleaded guilty to offences of burglary, two counts of criminal damage and five vehicle offences.

Knowles broke into the Scope shop on Daisy Hill, stealing £70 worth of jewellery, on May 14th.

He was also charged with causing £400 damage after smashing the shop’s windows, and £100 damage after throwing a stone at the window of a council-owned property on Field Head, Dewsbury, after trying to get a friend’s attention on May 27.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “Some means was used to smash the window in the charity shop and entry was gained. Various jewellery items were taken and £5 cash from the till.

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“The situation is that there was blood left at the scene and that blood led to the defendant.”

The court heard Knowles, currently of Geldard Road, had also attempted to gain access to vehicles on Fernlea Road, Dewsbury, on March 12th before being confronted by a resident.

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, told the court that Knowles had a history of class A drug addiction but was determined to turn his life around.

Chairman of the Bench Paulette Huntington adjourned the case to June 10 for sentence with Knowles released on conditional bail.