Swansea thief Jamie Huxtable, 31, was tracked down after leaving a blood trail to himself
STAFF were able to track down a supermarket thief by the trail of blood he left behind.
Jamie Huxtable stole bacon and coffee from the B&M Bargains store in Phoenix Way on March 7. A member of the public told the store's deputy manager she had seen him put the goods into a carrier bag.
She followed the blood from the store and saw Huxtable, 31, standing outside, but after seeing her he dropped the bag and ran off.
When police found it, the goods were found covered in blood and fingerprints.
Also in the bag were stolen goods from the Home Bargains store earlier in the day. He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.
His solicitor, Andrew Evans, told Swansea Crown Court that Huxtable had returned to shoplifting because since his release from prison he had not been able to claim benefits.
"These offences were not motivated by the need to buy illicit substances but to survive on a daily basis," said Mr Evans.
Huxtable was made subject to a suspended sentence by Judge Paul Thomas in February for a racially aggravated public order offence.
Mr Evans said since that appearance Huxtable had been offered work, but Mr Evans admitted it would be "off the book".
Judge Thomas said: "He can't ensure his liberty by committing more offences.
"That's the situation he finds himself in," replied Mr Evans.
"He accepts he is the author of his own misfortune. He was offered a chance by your honour in February to return to the community and not to re-offend. We accept he didn't do so and he has put himself in significant jeopardy," added Mr Evans.
Judge Thomas jailed him for six months.
"You were given a chance by me," he said.
"I was no doubt told you were going to stay out of trouble and turn over a new leaf. Your determination lasted a month," said the judge.
"It appears you simply don't want to change. You have been a prolific shoplifter over many years," said the judge.
He said Mr Evans had asked him to give Huxtable another chance but Judge Thomas said he was not convinced Huxtable would comply with any order which would avoid an immediate prison term.
"It would mean that someone would be the victim again" said the judge, before activating the six-month suspended sentence and adding a concurrent four-month term for the shoplifting.
"When you come out, you may go back to drink, drugs, shoplifting and crime. It's a decision you have to make. All I can say is that if you change your ways the courts will be delighted. If you don't, they will send you back to prison again," said the judge.