Burglar Brian Simcock stole a family’s Christmas presents, raided a scout hut and cost a tattooist £1,200 in lost trade after embarking on a 10-month crime spree.
The 46-year-old broke into three homes, one community venue and two commercial premises over the period.
But after leaving a trail of blood at several crime scenes, samples were matched with his DNA.
Now Simcock, of Oversley Road, Fegg Hayes, has been jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to six counts of burglary. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the offences were committed between December 2018 and October 2019.
Olivia Appleby, prosecuting, said he targeted one home in Norton just three days before Christmas Day.
The householder returned in the early hours to find the place had been ransacked. Among the items taken were all of her son’s Christmas presents, along with electrical equipment, cash, a Kindle and an Xbox.
Other properties broken into included a house in Mill Hill, where a family friend lived.
The woman later described feeling ‘totally betrayed’ after discovering who had stolen the TV from her bedroom. She has since been plagued by panic attacks and no longer feels safe in her own home.
The third house to be raided was in Newchapel and was unoccupied at the time as it was being renovated. But thousands of pounds’ worth of tools were stolen, which belonged to the home owner.
When police arrested Simcock, they seized a chisel that had been stolen in that break-in.
Ms Appleby said the scout hut in Packmoor was targeted in June last year. Items taken included a safe containing cameras, a digital projector, computer and climbing kit.
“On the scout leader’s return, he found a broken window to the rear and blood stains in the building,” she told the court.
A large storage unit in Bradeley, which was used to house doors, vehicles and equestrian equipment, was his next target. He gained entry via the roof and stole between £8,000 and £10,000 worth of items.
Simcock’s final burglary was committed at a tattoo parlour in Pittshill. He broke into a neighbouring flat and then managed to reach the business, escaping with 30 bottles of ink, a computer and CCTV.
The tattooist suffered £1,200 in lost trade as he had to close the shop to deal with the aftermath of the incident.
Anis Ali, mitigating, said the defendant committed the crimes to fund his addiction to alcohol.
“Some years ago, he was also diagnosed with depression, for which he has received support and medication,” he added.
Jailing him, Judge Paul Glenn said: “You’re now 46 years old and have been offending since you were 11. You returned to serious offending.”
He singled out the burglaries of the Mill Hill and Norton houses as ‘particularly mean’.