Burglar who claimed to have gun jailed after police find fingerprint on notepad left at scene
A burglar who threatened a homeowner before stealing cash and bank cards has been jailed, after police promptly identified him from CCTV and a fingerprint left at the scene.
Amardeep Rana claimed to have a gun after forcing his way into an address in Smethwick, Sandwell, in the early hours of March 24 this year.
The 34-year-old made off with the items, and the bank cards were used at two cash points in the area the same day.
Police quickly reviewed CCTV which showed it was Rana, of Showell Green Lane, Moseley, on both occasions and he was arrested within days.
In the meantime, officers obtained fingerprint evidence from a notepad within the burgled address which belonged to Rana, previously of Far Vallens in Telford.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary as well as fraud and was sentenced to two years and one month at Wolverhampton Crown Court on August 30.
The investigation was led by West Midlands Police's Sandwell neighbourhood crime team.
A spokesperson for the force said: "We fully understand the devastating impact burglary can have on those affected whether in their home or business environment and we'll always look to identify and prosecute offenders."