Serial burglar snared after cops link more than a dozen burglaries across Derby
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A serial burglar has been jailed for more than four years after cops linked him to more than a dozen burglaries across Derby.
During October and December 2020 18 burglaries were identified across the Normanton and Littleover areas of the city.
Detectives linked the break-ins from the distinctive way Chance got into the houses – using a tool to loosen door panels before kicking them in and raiding the homes.
DNA left at the scene of some of the crimes identified Chance, of Woodborough Road, Nottingham. However, after his arrest shoes found at his home matched marks made at several of the other burglaries.
Earlier this year Chance was charged with 20 offences, 18 burglaries in Derby and a further two offences in London.
At court he eventually admitted 13 offences – 11 in Derby and the two break-ins in the capital.
The other seven offences were ordered to lie on file after the 45-year-old pleaded not guilty.
Appearing at Derby Crown Court on 29 July Chance was jailed for four years and five months.
Detective Inspector Tom Wagg, said: “Over a relatively short period of time Craig Chance committed a quite astonishing number of offences.
“His crimes had very serious consequences leaving his victims feeling scared to live in their own homes.
“He was able to be brought to justice thanks to the considerable time and effort by the lead officer DC Dan Goodman.
“His work alongside other teams in force, in particular the forensics teams and Derby West SNT officers, meant that the case against Chance was so complete he had no option other than to admit his guilt.
“I hope the sentence Chance has received comforts his victims and allows them some closure.”