Fingerprint nabs burglar 14 years after break-in

IT TOOK 14 years but a fingerprint left at the scene of a June 2000 burglary finally fingered Andrew Nicholas Dodd for the crime.

Dodd's fingerprint had been left at the scene of the break-in of the Department of Primary Industries building in Tor St, Rockville, on the night of June 23, 2000, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

A hole had been made near the lock on a glass door for the intruders to gain access.

A quantity of alcohol was stolen in the burglary, police prosecutor Senior Constable Des Neijens told the court.

After police forensics matched the fingerprint to Dodd's file earlier this year, he was spoken to last month.

He told police he couldn't remember the break-in, but said he had lived in Charter Cr at that time, just a street away from the DPI, Snr Const Neijens said.

Though he pleaded guilty to the break-in, Dodd's solicitor Phil Stainton told the court his client was only 17 at that time and had no recollection of the event but accepted it was his fingerprint found there.

Dodd had since 2000 built up a "significant" criminal history, including periods of imprisonment, and his subsequent record had eventually led to his fingerprint being identified.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted Dodd had been sentenced for similar offending in September 2000, not long after the break-in, and said had this offence been included in that sentence, he would not necessarily have received any further penalty.

Mr Schemioneck therefore ordered no further penalty be imposed on Dodd except for the conviction.