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A HAPLESS burglar, caught by his own photo ID. left in the getaway car, has appeared in Solihull Magistrates Court.

Derek Eyles, of Foxwood Grove, Kingshurst, and an unnamed accomplice, had entered a shed in Blackford Road, Shirley, in the early hours of the morning on August 19, the court heard.

Derek Eyles, of Foxwood Grove, Kingshurst, and an unnamed accomplice, had entered a shed in Blackford Road, Shirley, in the early hours of the morning on August 19, the court heard.

Fiona Davies, prosecuting, said they were then seen carrying a lawnmower and leaf blower worth around £100, back to their car.

Police were called and a squad car arrived as Eyles and the unknown accomplice drove off and, despite a short chase, officers lost the vehicle.

It was later discovered abandoned and when police checked inside, they discovered a photo identification of Eyles alongside the stolen gardening equipment on which a fingerprint was found belonging to the 42- year-old.

The car registration was also linked with his place of work.

Ms Davies said Eyles had denied his involvement and claimed the car had been stolen until he was told his fingerprints had also been found on the stolen lawnmower and he admitted the burglary.

John Derry, defending, said Eyles, who has 45 previous dishonesty offences on his record, had not been back in court since 2006 when he received a two year sentence for attempted burglary.

“Mr Eyles has a very long record. It won’t surprise you to learn that it was linked with a ten year heroin addiction.

“Since 2006 he has kept out of trouble. Unfortunately he told me this was shortly after he had a lapse.

“His involvement in this can only be described as stupid.

“He has already lost his job because of this.

“He has now attended The Bridge (a clinic) and is in counselling. It is being treated as a breach.”

Eyles was bailed to appear back at court for October 3 to be sentenced.

 

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