A DROP of blood left outside a Dorridge home was all it took to snare career burglar James Sprayson.
Sprayson, 42 of Cateswell Road, Hall Green, had smashed his way into the home to steal items to feed his heroin addiction.
However broken glass had cut him leaving droplets of blood at the scene and from recovered DNA police were able to get their man.
Investigating officer, DC Arron Cox, from Solihull Police CID, said: "If ever there was someone the phrase career criminal was applicable to it would be Sprayson.
"The homes of people living in Solihull and east Birmingham are much safer with Sprayson locked up."
Sprayson would first knock on the door of a house before breaking into any he suspected were unoccupied.
However, once in police custody he admitted to 41 break-ins within the last two years, telling detectives he wanted to clean his slate, and taking them on a tour of the area to pinpoint his other break-ins.
Sprayson, who had been jailed for seven years in 1998 for a string of break-ins, was sentenced to five years on Friday January 11 at Birmingham Crown Court having pleaded guilty to two burglaries and asking for another 39 to be taken into consideration.