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DNA trace snares the ‘tip-toe thief’

A BURGLAR who police had branded the ‘tip-toe thief’ has finally been brought to justice in Solihull.

A BURGLAR who police had branded the ‘tip-toe thief’ has finally been brought to justice in Solihull.

Steven Ives, 31, of no fixed abode, was given the nickname because of his talent for creeping into homes undetected.

On three occasions, the sneaky thief got into houses and helped himself to valuables while the owner was still inside.

Ives was responsible for more than 40 burglaries across the region; he had stolen £30,000 worth of property in Solihull alone.

But he came unstuck during a break-in at Grange Road, Olton, on December 8, leaving valuable DNA evidence at the scene.

This allowed detectives to track him and he was arrested a few weeks later.

Appearing at Leamington Justice Centre last Thursday, he admitted two burglary offences and asked for 40 others to be taken into consideration.

Sergeant Andy O’Keeffe, from Solihull Police Station, said that Ives was a “meticulous” operator.

“He never came face-to-face with residents and on occasions he managed to tip-toe into occupied homes and take property without being detected.”

Only a handful of the offences were committed at night, with Ives preferring to strike in the late-afternoon - before the homeowners returned from work.

Ives was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.

 

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