Burglar left trail of clues

Jason Hayes has to spend nine months in jail for a series of break-ins around Mackay and Sarina.
Jason Hayes has to spend nine months in jail for a series of break-ins around Mackay and Sarina. Daily Mercury

JASON Hayes is not a very successful burglar because he left a fingerprint at one crime scene, a drop of blood at the next and his saliva on a coffee cup at the third.

He did five break-ins but was always going to be caught by police because he kept leaving vital and irrefutable clues at each crime scene.

Hayes, 25, has a history of break-ins, having been convicted of 25 in the past.

He broke into Homebush State School on May 26 by smashing a brick through glass louvres, prosecutor Sheena Hayes told the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Once inside he stole two iPod Touches, three laptops, four digital cameras and $970 in cash. The total value of damage or of property in that offence was $7818.

Hayes left a latent fingerprint at the scene.

The next day he smashed in the glass front door at St John Ambulance centre in Leisure Ct, Paget, and stole $200. He cut himself and left blood at the scene, which was DNA-matched to him. The total value of damage was $596.

On June 2 he broke into Swayneville State School, near Sarina, by throwing a large rock through the front door of the administration centre. He also broke into the staff room at the school and poured a bottle of orange juice over the floor and a computer. He drank something from a coffee cup in the staff room, leaving his saliva on it. A DNA profile was located from it.

He also broke into the Uniting Church and the South Mackay Pre-school and Kindergarten.

Hayes told police that on each occasion he was looking for items to support his alcohol or drug habit.

He pleaded guilty yesterday to 13 charges, including five break-ins.

Hayes had spent 56 days in pre-sentence custody. Magistrate Ross Risson jailed him for 18 months, to be released on parole on April 26 next year.

Topics:  burglary court crime evidence police

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