Police return ID to man who dropped it while trying to break into house

POLICE called an attempted break-in a “lost property” case after an alleged intruder dropped his jail ID card.

They said they could not treat it as a crime because the suspect was disturbed by the homeowner’s dog before getting in.
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The property owner said she was woken by the sound of someone “trying the handle” of her front door but went back to bed when everything seemed to be secure.

But on Tuesday morning a prison ID card belonging to Terry Ford was found by the door.

The previous Friday Ford, 31, was freed from HMP Wayland in Norfolk after serving a 14-month sentence for burglary.

Police told the victim, a mum in Basildon, Essex, to hand in the card as lost property.

She said: “He’s well known in Basildon. My rottweiler must have scared him off, it’s about time he did his job.

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“Police are not treating it as a robbery as he didn’t get in and so they said it is a closed case.

“But they said they know him and if he breaks in anywhere they know who to look for.”

Essex Police confirmed they were called to reports of lost property and told the caller to hand it in.

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