Dagenham burglar spared jail after £5k church break-in
PUBLISHED: 16:36 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:36 18 June 2015
A burglar who broke into a place of worship and stole £5,000 worth of property has been spared jail.
Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday dished out a 15-month sentence suspended for 24-months to Steven Brown, 37, of Broad Street, Dagenham.
Brown forced entry into New Fire Church Centre, Stamford Road, Dagenham, via a window on September 17.
He stole electrical equipment, including televisions and computers, but during the burglary dropped a television in the outside yard.
Police were able to trace his fingerprints from the discarded television and forensically link him to the burglary.
He was subsequently arrested by Barking and Dagenham police on October 30 and charged with burglary.
The property stolen was valued at around £5,000 and £1,500 worth of damage was caused.
Brown pleaded guilty to burglary at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 22.
Detective Constable Anwar Hussain, from Barking and Dagenham’s CID said: “This conviction highlights the work we will undertake to protect properties from burglars.
“We will continue to target those responsible for burglary across the borough.”
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