DNA Snares Dundee Bingo Winner’s Thief

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Career criminal, John Lawrie from Dundee, has pleaded guilty to theft by housebreaking after his DNA was matched to that of someone that broke into a bingo winner's home at night and stole her winnings.

According to the local newspaper The Courier, a woman withdrew £250 for an evening at her local Buzz Bingo. 

With some luck, the woman managed to scoop a cool £500 at the popular bingo hall in Dundee, taking the total held by the lady to 750.

The Dundee court heard that the woman returned home with the money and went to bed. At around 3am, the lady was woken up in her bedroom to find someone, who she thought was her husband, rifling through and taking her handbag.

Her husband carried out a search of the house and found their bathroom window was slightly open. Police were called and found Lawrie’s DNA. Officers arrested the 37-year-old John Lawrie two weeks after his nocturnal raid.

Lawrie, of Earn Crescent, Dundee, was brought from remand in HMP Perth – where he was held since February 27th – to court to admit breaking into the Tofthill home and stealing a handbag and its contents.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentencing for reports and further remanded Lawrie, who admitted he had a bad drug problem at the time. He is due back in court on September 25, where it is expected he will receive a custodial sentence.

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