Sunday 17 December 2017

Is this the world’s dumbest criminal? Hapless burglar’s litany of clues trap him

Jason Hayes' career as a burglar has been less than stellar
Jason Hayes' career as a burglar has been less than stellar reporters

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 so it didn’t take police in Australia long to track down Jason Hayes.

The useless thief did five break-ins in Queensland but was always going to be caught by police because he kept leaving vital clues at each crime scene.

And Hayes, 25, has learned no lessons from his past – he has 25 previous convictions for break-ins reports the Mackay Daily Mercury.

In the latest spree, Hayes broke into a St John Ambulance centre, church, kindergarten and two primary schools, the Mackay Magistrate's Court heard. At one of the schools, he broke into the staff room and poured a bottle of orange juice over the floor before he took a drink from a coffee cup, leaving behind his saliva.

Hayes, who told police he committed the break-ins to bankroll his drug and alcohol habit, pleaded guilty to 13 charges and was sentenced to 18 months' jail, to be released on parole on April 26 next year.

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