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Fingerprint leads to arrest

Tuesday, 17th February, 2015

A man whose fingerprint was found at a house that was burgled last month was arrested by police on Sunday night.

Christopher Alan Rushforth was on bail at the time the house in Morgan Street was broken into and $13,000 worth of jewellery and other items stolen.

Police had identified the fingerprint as his within a couple of days of the burglary but when they went to question him they found that he had stated a false address on his bail form, the Local Court heard yesterday. 

They said that the owners of the house had gone away and left a friend to check on it. He went there on January 14 and noticed that a hole had been cut in the fly wire screen on a front window and that the window was open.

Inside he discovered that drawers in the main bedroom were open and called the police.

Jewellery including a wedding and engagement ring, necklaces and earrings were later found to be missing, along with two cameras and watches.

Police opposed granting bail to Rushforth (33) on the grounds that he had allegedly lied about his address and that he was a suspect in a number of recent burglaries in the city.

Rushforth did not enter a plea and he was remanded in custody to face court again on March 31.

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