A house burglar was caught after leaving traces of his blood behind at the scene of his crime, a court heard.
Billy Wright smashed a window to get into a property in Belmont Grove, Grantham, while the occupier was away on holiday.
Christopher Geeson, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Wright stole a computer games console, a television and a collection of DVDs during the raid.
He added: “Scenes of crime officers examined the premises and found blood at the point of entry. This matched the DNA of the defendant.”
Wright later made a full confession when he was interviewed by police.
Wright , 20, of Harrowby Lane, Grantham, admitted burglary between November 1-5. He was given 36 weeks’ custody suspended for two years with 18 months’ supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Chris Lowe, defending, said Wright had a drug problem and described the burglary as a “spontaneous offence”.
He added: “He is a young man who admitted then offence at the earliest opportunity and he did all he could to ensure the property was returned.
“He has a supportive family and has settled accommodation but it would appear that he has a tendency to be diverted away from the straight and narrow.”
Recorder Martin Jackson told Wright: “What you need to do is to sort out your drug use. You might think that it is fun but it isn’t. It is going to cause you more and more problems in the future.”