A heartless burglar trashed a young mum’s home over several days while she holidayed with her daughter − but he’s now behind bars after West Midlands Police detectives identified him from saliva found on a drinks can.
Prolific thief John McSharry broke into the Chester Road home in Sutton Coldfield between 30 June and 6 July last year while the victims were in Devon.
It’s understood the McSharry returned on more than one occasion as he ransacked rooms − including a child’s bedroom − and stole electrical items, jewellery and clothing.
The 37-year-old even helped himself to food and drinks from the fridge and cooked a meal in the victim’s kitchen.
However, forensics experts examined the scene and recovered McSharry’s DNA on a can of Red Bull left on a work surface − and at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (22 March) he was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Detective Constable Alan Reeves from West Midlands Police High Harm & Vulnerability Team, said:
“The victim returned to what she described as a ‘scene of destruction’. McSharry had ransacked every room in the house, poured bleach over carpets and clothing and left food to rot on the floor.
“It’s clear he suspected the victim was away as we believe he returned on numerous occasions, raided the drinks cabinet and even had the audacity to take food out to defrost and cooked meals.
“However, it was his over confidence that led to his downfall: the DNA we found on the can pointed to McSharry and there was only a one in 16-billion chance that it did not come from him.
“This has been a really shocking and upsetting incident for the family; they found it hard to go back into the house knowing an intruder had spent time there. I hope this prison sentence now helps them move on with their lives.”