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Burglar caught by blood he left on broken window
Published 09/12/13

A MAN who stole two charity boxes from Nettlebed post office was identified from his blood left at the scene.

Stephen Hiscock, 36, of Medill Close, Woodcote, cut himself when he broke into the building in High Street in the early hours of November 6.

He smashed a small window with a screwdriver before opening a bigger window to let himself in, cutting himself in the process.

Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard Hiscock set off an alarm trying to break open the till so he swiped the boxes before going to his former home in the same street. One box was for the Poppy Appeal and contained 20 and the other, with about 30, was for Sue Ryder.

He was identified by his DNA after police tested the blood found at the scene and was arrested and interviewed on November 14.

The court heard that Hiscock had a history of drink problems and he told police that he was drunk when he carried out the burglary.

In September, he was given a community sentence for assaulting his former partner in High Street in June following an argument.

Stuart Matthews, defending, said that the break-up of his relationship had affected his mental health and drinking.

He added: “He committed this as an act of desperation and thought doing something like this would allow him to extricate himself from the relationship.”

Postmistress Mel Bullock accompanied the police to the post office on the night of the break-in, believing it to be a false alarm.

She said: “I did not think for one minute that it had been broken into, it was quite frightening. Luckily everything was locked away in the safe.

“I’ve been here 10 months and we’d not had any problems before but I’ve increased security now anyway. I feel more secure now that somebody has been caught.”

She added: “We have some new charity boxes now but we haven’t had the original one back and the 50 is gone.”

Hiscock will be sentenced on December 20.

Published 09/12/13

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