Prolific Shoreham burglar with 49 convictions jailed after leaving fingerprint

A prolific burglar from Shoreham has been jailed after being convicted of a burglary from which he left empty-handed.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 1:28 pm
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 1:30 pm

Sussex Police said Paul Lacey, 49, of Surry Street, was arrested for an offence on the morning of June 18, 2019.

A woman in her 60s woke at her home in The Cygnets, Shoreham, to find an intruder had scattered items all over her floor and sofa, including a blue metal CD case.

It is believed he gained access via an insecure rear door. Nothing was reported stolen.

Paul Lacey

Forensic enquiries discovered a fingerprint on the CD case which matched convicted burglar Lacey's.

He was arrested and charged with burglary, initially denying being involved.

But prior to going to trial, he changed his plea to guilty and was convicted at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 23 February.

He was sentenced to 876 days’ imprisonment and required to pay a £140 victim surcharge.

His history of 49 previous convictions for 95 offences was taken into consideration on sentencing.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Chris Merryfield-Day, said: “This sentence reflects the serious nature of this incident, together with Lacey’s extensive history of burglary and theft offences.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents to be vigilant, and to read our advice on how to keep your property safe and secure. You can find out more on our crime prevention page here.”