A BURGLAR left his birth certificate at the scene of the crime after breaking into a children’s home and stealing cash from a safe.
A court heard Nathan Carver dropped the incriminating piece of evidence during the raid at Jasmin House, in the Alwoodley area of Leeds.
Carver targeted the property on the evening of August 14 last year after youngsters at the home were taken on a trip to the cinema by staff.
Carver, 19, forced open a box containing keys and managed to open the safe which contained £179. He also stole three mobile phones and caused £370 worth of damage.
Carver, of Sutherland Mount, Harehills, was arrested after the birth certificate was found on an office floor. His fingerprints were found on a window ledge.
The teenager was released on bail but continued to offend. He was part of a gang which attacked two men during separate incidents.
Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said both victims were targeted as they crossed a bridge near the Royal Armouries.
One victim was left with a serious injury to his arm and had to undergo surgery to have metal pins fitted in his wrist.
Carver pleaded guilty to burglary, causing grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard Carver has a long history of offending and was classed as a ‘third strike’ burglar.
James Lake, for Carver, said his client had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity and had co-operated with police. He said the teenager had gone through a troubled upbringing.
Recorder Andrew Haslam ordered Carver to be sent to a young offenders’ institution for three years and two months. He said: “You are 19-years-old and you have, for someone of your age, a very bad record.”