Thief left blood at scene of cigarettes raid

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A THIEF who escaped from a shop with more than £2000 of cigarettes was caught after leaving a drop of blood at the scene.

Mark Malone injured himself when he broke into a Spar store in Linlithgow with two other men.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard today that police took a sample from a bloodstain left at the scene and analysed it for DNA.

The test proved a match for Malone, 29, who already had a significant criminal record.

Malone, from Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to breaking into the shop in Springfield Road, Linlithgow, on June 5 this year and stealing a quantity of cigarettes.

He also admitted being on bail at the time of the offence and was jailed for 14 months.

The haul, worth £2021, was never recovered, prosecutor Lyndsey Armstrong told the court.

She said the robbers smashed in the rear door of the premises and broke through an internal wall before ransacking the cigarette kiosk.

Paul Haran, defending, said: “He was talked into habits of old. His record is not enviable.”