Police were able to track down a teenager who stole hundreds of pounds from a fish and chip shop because he left his DNA on a can of pop, a court heard.
Adam Chopra, aged 18, was drunk and under the influence of drugs when he broke into the shop on Eldon Street in Barnsley town centre on February 18 and stole £500 worth of staff tips.
But Sheffield Crown Court heard that, before he left, he drank a can of pop from the fridge - but left it behind at the scene, allowing police to track him down using DNA.
Michael Upson, defending, told the court: “He expresses deep remorse for his actions.”
Judge Roger Keen sentenced Chopra, of Windsor Avenue, Kexbrough, Barnsley, to 12 months in prison.