Two brothers who burgled a house in Worcestershire have been jailed after one of them left fingerprints on a bottle of Dettol he used to cover their tracks.
Jamie Nash, 41, and his brother Justin, 39, were both jailed for 18 months on Monday after they admitted burglary at Worcester Crown Court.
The pair broke into a home in Butterwick Close, Barnt Green, Bromsgrove, on 4 February with hammers and stole a handbag, jewellery and cash.
Before fleeing the scene, Jamie used a bottle of Dettol to spray the surfaces which he and his sibling had touched in the raid.
He was nailed when police tested the cleaning bottle and discovered his fingerprints on the bottle’s trigger.
Judge Nicholas Cole said: “This was a nasty offence. The jewellery will have had some sentimental value.”
Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said: “They entered via the back garden and broke into the conservatory using hammers.
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“Jamie Nash used a bottle of Dettol spray in what may have been an attempt to extinguish some kind of scientific evidence but he left fingerprints on the bottle.”
The court heard his brother Justin also left blood on a piece of broken glass before they fled with £1,100 worth of valuables and jewellery and £660 in cash.
They were caught when detectives took fingerprints from the Dettol bottle and DNA from the blood sample and they provided a match for the brothers.
The court heard Jamie has a string of 20 convictions for 37 offences and is currently in prison for stealing watches in a raid at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.
He also stole a sculpture worth £44,975 from an art gallery.
Justin, meanwhile, has 17 convictions for 36 offences.