A BUNGLING burglar was tracked down by police through his fingerprints after trying to raid an empty building.
Andrew Grundy, of Albany Road, Balby, was caught by detectives after he targeted a disused office building near Doncaster railway station for the break-in.
Doncaster Crown Court heard Grundy was arrested after officers used fingerprints to track him down after the raid.
He admitted burglary with intent following the arrest on December 2 last year.
Neil Coxon, prosecuting, told the court the 21-year-old admitted to officers he had gone into the premises looking for scrap metal to take.
He was aware the building was disused when he entered at around 5am on what was described as a ‘speculative’ raid.
The court heard he had a record of previous convictions including for handling stolen goods and theft.
In mitigation, Mike Upson said Grundy was trying to turn his life around.
Judge Jacqueline Davies said: “You committed burglary with intent.
“Your intended property was a disused depot with nothing there for you to steal.
“The worst feature is your history.
“You have acquired so many convictions, but they are not as serious as some of those we deal with.”
Sentencing Grundy to a 12 month community order which will see him complete 150 hours of unpaid work, she warned him if he breached the order he would be brought back to the court and could be jailed.