Nabbed by his leg tattoo! Bungling burglar caught out by very distinctive design

Adrian Stanton, 42, stole jewellery, electrical items and football memorabilia from houses across the West Midlands last summer. The shorts-wearing crook was caught on CCTV clambering over a fence after he was spooked by a homeowne

Police posted the footage on social media and they received a tip-off from someone who recognised him from his body art.

Mr Stanton was arrested by officers who spotted him in Wednesbury, West Midlands, last October.

He tried to run away but was arrested and was identified as being responsible for burglaries in July and August.

Last Thursday, Mr Stanton, of Wednesbury, was jailed for three years at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

He admitted two burglaries, including breaking into the same property two days in a row, as well as an attempted burglary.

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A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Stanton committed several offences across Walsall and Wednesbury where he broke into homes stealing jewellery, electrical equipment and on one occasion even football memorabilia.

“Footage was shared on social media, officers saw the footage and through local knowledge recognised the man to be Stanton from his distinctive tattoos.

“Investigators also located and recovered a Ford Focus, that was seen leaving a burglary at Stanton’s home address.”

Police are now hunting for Mr Stanton’s accomplice who was with him at at least two of the burglaries.

Anyone with further information can contact West Midlands Police or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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