A thief involved in a mass cable caper in HK was apprehended after authorities found cigarette butts with traces of his DNA. We sincerely hope this becomes the focus of the new anti-smoking campaigns. Smoking: it’ll botch your robberies. SCMP reports:
The 35-year-old was picked up at his village house on Kam Po Road yesterday on suspicion of stealing 1.5km of cable worth HK$250,000, police said.
The cable was stolen from a duct under the Tsing Yi Road West flyover outside Cheung Hong Estate in Tsing Yi. The Kwai Tsing district crime squad had been investigating the theft since March 3.
“Because of the weight of the cable, we believe three or four robbers were involved and a delivery van was used,” a police officer said.
Police seized discarded cigarette butts outside and inside the duct. “We believe the butts were left behind by the thieves. They were then taken for a DNA test,” the officer said.
The results of the test arrived recently and checks against the police database linked the man to the crime scene.
As sloppy as this guy is though, he stills looks like a veritable John Dillinger compared to some other bungling criminals we’ve seen – ie. that bozo who was caught napping with his stolen banknotes and jewelry.
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