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DNA profile trips up Nike trainers thief

A Lynn man stole a pair of £102 trainers by going into a Nike store and swapping his footwear.

But Jonathan Short was rumbled when a DNA profile was taken from the old trainers he left behind.

It happened at the Norwich store at just after 9.30am on July 15, magistrates in Lynn were told on Thursday.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)

Short, 39, of Walpole Road, pleaded guilty to theft.

The court was told that he had been given a community order in March for possession of a prohibited weapon and was complying well with the requirements.

In mitigation, solicitor Andrew Cogan said the defendant suffered from schizophrenia and had a "hazy" recollection of what happened at the Nike store.

"Due to the DNA profile obtained, he has to accept that it was him that went into the shop," said Mr Cogan.

Short was fined £100 and ordered to pay £102 compensation. There was no order made for costs or victim surcharge.

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