A drug addict who dropped items she had just stolen from an Albury house was later linked to the crime by the fingerprints she left behind.
The victim had just returned to her Roper Street home when she saw Angela Pressnell run out the back door.
Pressnell took off towards a car - which the victim had herself only just seen - and got inside, then was driven away.
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A police crime scene officer later found a fingerprint on an oil lamp Pressnell dropped on the front lawn.
The now 28-year-old had also lost her grip on a mirror that was part of a $6760 haul from the house.
This included a range of expensive crystal objects, including vases, and an antique clock.
Pressnell has pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court, via a video link to jail, to a series of charges, including break and enter house and steal and possess a prohibited drug.
"Keep yourself drug-free while you're in custody, Ms Pressnell," magistrate Richard Funston told her on adjourning sentencing to June 1.
Pressnell committed her first break-in on a house in Macauley Street, Albury, in early September, stealing goods valued at $500 including a red suitcase, a Gladstone bag and clippers.
A swab taken from an empty plastic drug bag later found on a chair contained DNA matched to Pressnell.
The Roper Street burglary was on January 8, with many of the items later recovered from a Wodonga storage facility leased by the woman who drove Pressnell away from the scene.
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