Eggs crack burglary case

It is understandable that thieves sometimes work up an appetite while stealing other people's property. But a burglar in the eastern town of Gävle came to regret breaking off his criminal activities to fry a few eggs and drink some ouzo.

For whatever reason – maybe the ouzo had got to him – he left the apartment in a terrible mess.

But his failure to wash the washes was later to prove his downfall, as the fork he had used to gobble down the eggs contained traces of his DNA.

Two months later police caught a thief red-handed as he left a house with stolen goods under his arm. A quick test showed that his DNA was a perfect match to that found on the egg-stained fork.

On Thursday the burglar was handed a probational sentence for three case of serious theft, newspaper Gefle Dagblad reports.