Burglar identified from fingerprint left at scene in Haverhill is jailed

Joseph Tillett
Joseph Tillett

A man who burgled a house in Haverhill while the occupants were asleep has been jailed for two and a half years.

Joseph Tillett, 27, managed to reach inside an unlocked window to pick up the keys to the semi-detached property in Stephen Close in the early hours of October 31 last year.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that after letting himself into the house, Tillett stole two tablet computers, two handbags, £350 in cash and a bank card.

Prosecuting, Lindsay Cox said that police identified and arrested Tillett after discovering his fingerprint on an umbrella inside the house.

Tillett, of Victoria Heights, Clacton, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment on Friday (June 3) by Judge John Devaux.

Judge Devaux said that a substantial prison sentence was inevitable because of Tillett’s previous convictions.

In mitigation, Stephen Dyble said Tillett had carried out the search of the house in Haverhill in a tidy manner.

He accepted that he had previous convictions for burglary and had served a previous prison sentence, said Mr Dyble.