A criminal who was videotaped trying to break into a house in the middle of the night has claimed in court that the culprit was his identical twin brother.
A Ring doorbell has captured overwhelming evidence that Adam Reynolds was the person who entered an unlocked porch in Hartshill Road, Stoke, in the middle of the night.
But despite being confronted with the evidence by police, the 34-year-old told investigators it was his twin who was behind the burglary.
Now the accused – who has 62 convictions for 148 offences, including two previous burglaries – is back behind bars.
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Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Reynolds, of no fixed address, slipping inside the porch at 4.30am on October 10 last year after being released on licence.
Prosecutor Antonie Muller said: “On the night of October 7-8 someone came in and moved things. The owner noticed and bought a Ring doorbell which alerted him to the movement.
“On the morning of October 10, she saw a number of these alerts. Looking at the footage, it showed that at 4:30 a.m. the accused entered the porch and tried to remove the Ring doorbell from his lodging.
“Some sticks which were the workhorses of the children were moved to lean against the window. The owner brought this to the attention of the police.”
The officer recognized Reynolds, who was arrested, Stoke Live reports.
Mr Muller added: “He denied it. He claimed the footage was his identical sibling and he had done nothing wrong.”
Reynolds – whose brother Corrie also has a lengthy criminal record – later pleaded guilty to burglary.
Mitigating Richard McConaghy said: “Access was gained through the porch and no attempt was made to force the door open. Identification was made with the doorbell.
“The items taken had no significant value. When asked to explain his behavior, he said it was for financial gain. He was plagued by drug addiction at the time. He was clearly in pain. [with] his mental health.
“He spent 249 days in pre-trial detention. He is a man who needs help. He wants to make it clear that he apologizes for what he did.”
Sentencing Reynolds to 14 months behind bars, recorder Matthew Boyle told him: “You have an appalling record. Your Class A drug use led to you developing psychotic episodes. You were behaving abnormally.
“You have committed three burglaries at apartment houses,” Mr Boyle added.
“The porch was unlocked but you went no further and the items you took were of minimal value. The offense is aggravated by your prior convictions.”