A BURGLAR who stole from a Poole family home was tracked down through a finger print left at the scene, an attempted purchase at McDonald's and efforts to sell the ill-gotten items in a pawnbrokers.

Jamie Duffy was part of a "group enterprise" that snatched almost £5,000 of goods overnight from the address in Brudenell Avenue.

A B&O speaker, a black Chanel bag, a Moschino handbag, an Apple iPad and two Btwin bikes were taken after access had been gained through the remote-controlled garage doors.

Two bank cards were also stolen from one of the cars parked outside the house.

Duffy, aged 20 and of Boyd Road, Poole, was handed a sentence of 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Bournemouth Crown Court on November 4.

Prosecuting, Stuart Ellacott said:"Overnight on December 18, 2018, a family – a husband and wife and two children – had gone to bed.

"They woke at 9am. At 10.45am they realised the garage door was open.

"The garage is attached to the property and has integral doors which lead into the main building.

"The doors could be opened by remotes which were left in vehicles. One vehicle was open and it would seem the remote from that vehicle had opened the garage doors and gained access to the property."

The barrister added: "A food container was found to have been moved and it was through this that a fingerprint was recovered."

The defendant went on to try to use the stolen bank cards at a McDonald's, the court heard.

Duffy also tried to sell some of the stolen items at Cash Converters, where he gave his real name, address and contact number.

Mitigating, Rose Burns said Duffy, who is a father, was "in a bad way" at the time of the crime.

She said he was with others in carrying out the offence, with the burglary being their idea and he want along with it.

"He was very sorry then. He still is today. He knows full well it was wrong," said Ms Burns.

She added: "There is something about him which makes him very vulnerable to coercion by others."

The barrister said it is hoped this would be a "turning point" and she asked the judge to suspend any custodial sentence.

Duffy admitted charges of burglary and theft at an earlier hearing at the same court.

Recorder Alexia Power said there was a "realistic prospect" of rehabilitation, which led her to suspend the prison sentence.

Duffy was required to complete 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days with the probation service.