A dozy burglar was arrested by cops after drinking from a shot glass during a raid and leaving his DNA on it.
Jimmy Parczewski, 19, broke into the home in Hanley, Staffordshire in 2018 while the owner was away on holiday, and helped himself to alcohol, perfume and £100 in cash.
When the owner returned she discovered paperwork strewn across her kitchen floor and that clothes had been thrown across the landing and bedroom.
The bungling burglar was later arrested for a similar offence and cops discovered his DNA matched a sample taken from a glass during the Hanley burglary.
Teenager Parczewski has now received a 12-month community sentence more than two years on from his raid after admitting three counts of burglary, StokeonTrentLive reports.
Prosecutor Katie Fox told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: "When she returned on August 28 she found the window in a rear door smashed, with glass all over the floor and sofa.
"She realised someone had been into every room in the house and had taken 11 bottles of alcohol, a purse containing cards and £100 in cash, and nine bottles of perfume, the total value being £700.
"Drawers in her kitchen had been emptied of paperwork, which was found strewn across the floor. Clothes had similarly been thrown across the landing and bedroom.
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"It appeared that the burglar had drunk from a shot glass, which yielded a DNA match to this defendant."
The second burglary took place in Hanley on December 29, 2018.
Parczewski broke in while the occupants were at work, smashing his way in through the back door, before stealing mobile phones, laptops, perfume, sportswear, cash, cigarettes and alcohol.
A cigarette butt was found in the kitchen, and again the DNA was matched to the defendant.
Parczewski carried out a third burglary in Wolstanton, Staffordshire on January 27, 2019, the court heard.
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He carried out another untidy search, taking a laptop, watches, phones and jewellery.
A resident called the police after seeing the teenager enter his neighbour's house via a rear window.
The resident followed him to a nearby shop, where the teenager was arrested.
Parczewski admitted to the last offence, claiming it was a one-off.
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Later forensic evidence was used to link him to the other two burglaries.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, told the court that Parczewski, who had no previous convictions, had carried out the burglaries as his family had been struggling financially.
He said: "At the time he was very young, his family had financial issues, they weren't getting the benefits they were entitled to. He admits that, without his mother's knowledge, he went out and committed these burglaries."
Judge David Fletcher handed Parczewski a community order, with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.
The judge did not accept the defendant's explanation for carrying out the burglaries, which he described as "unattractive".
He said: "It must have been hugely shocking and upsetting to find their homes had been entered by someone who had made a mess which would have needed tidying up."
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