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Wednesday 6 April 2011

Crewe burglar jailed


A prolific burglar who committed a string of thefts around Crewe was caught after forensic experts matched his DNA to blood found at the scene.
John Patrick Healey (32) of McNeil Avenue in Crewe was sentenced at Chester Crown Court today to.three years on 28th March 2011.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two charges of burglary and asked for 12 theft from motor vehicle offences and 20 burglary dwellings to be taken into consideration.
All the offences took place over a 12 month period before he was arrested on 26 January 2011 following a DNA hit from blood that was found at a burglary in Buttermere Drive in Crewe.
The burglary team fast-tracked the blood found at the scene to see if there was a DNA match.
At the same time, detectives were looking at other similar offences in the area.  
The DNA was confirmed as a match late afternoon on 26th January. Detectives went out straight away to look for him and tracked him down to an address in Crewe, where he was arrested.
During interview he admitted to the Buttermere Drive offence along with a burglary in Broughton Road, Crewe which took place on 23rd January 2011.
The long process then began to put to Healey the offences that had been linked to him and to ensure that the range of offences he was admitting to in interview were legitimate confessions.
Crewe burglary unit Detective Sgt Glyn Leech said: "The impact of having someone in your house can be enormous and quite devastating. Burglary is a serious offence and an unpleasant crime as it is carried out in the one place where people should feel safest – in their own homes.

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