A metal thief was caught after leaving a can of Polish lager covered with his DNA on the roof of a church he was raiding.
Saulius Ciuzas, 39, stripped £10,000 worth of lead from the 12th century church but left a near full can of Lech beer on the roof of the church.
He made off with 13 strips of lead from St Peter and St Paul Church in Algarkirk, Boston, Lincs., but church warden Peter Wilson found the can the morning after the theft on April 24 this year, Lincoln Crown Court heard on Friday.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said: “Next to where the lead had been removed was a Lech beer can. It was upright and still had liquid in it. The can was linked to Ciuzas because his DNA was found on it.”
Lithuanian migrant Ciuzas lived 40 miles away in Lincoln but was tracked down and arrested…
He was jailed for 12 months after he was found guilty of the lead theft.
Tidying up after stealing includes a lot more than fingerprints on the chimney nowadays.