A meant-loving burglar has landed himself in jail after leaving a half-eaten piece of beef jerky on the floor of a house he had broken into.
After DNA belonging to Kristian Dee Evans, 33, had been found on the dried meat – which he had taken from the victim’s kitchen – police went to search for him .
When they found him, they found he still had the items he had stolen with him, reports Wales Online.
Evans is now beginning a three-year jail term.
Evans had broken into the home of a student from Hong Kong who was getting ready to return home after finishing her course.
Her home had been ransacked and various items – including the 22-year-old’s packed suitcases containing her clothes and shoes – were taken.
When police searched the house they found the piece of beef jerky discarded on the floor and carried out forensic tests.
Evans was charged with burglary and appeared at Swansea Crown Court where he was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty.
Detective Inspector Trudi Meyrick said: “Being a victim of burglary is a dreadfully upsetting experience and in this case her home had been ransacked and all her personal belongings were stolen as they were packed up ready to be taken back home to Hong Kong.”
She added: “An investigation got underway and during the crime scene investigation it became apparent that the piece of beef jerky had been taken from the kitchen, half consumed and discarded on the floor.
“It was forensically examined and contained the full DNA profile of Evans who was quickly traced and arrested for the burglary.”
When he was arrested, he still had the three suitcases which he had stolen with him.
DI Meyrick said: “Whenever a burglary is reported we use every tool available to us to try and identify a suspect.
“Forensic technology is an important way of catching burglary suspect and in this case has resulted in us putting the suspect before the court to receive a prison sentence.”