1. ITV Report

Burglar caught after leaving open can of Carling lager at scene

Steven Vonk was caught after leaving an open can of lager at the flat he had targeted. Photo: South Wales Police

A burglar who identified himself to police by leaving an open can of lager at the scene of his crime has been jailed.

Steven Craig Vonk, 39, from Brynmill in Swansea, was disturbed by the occupant of the flat he had entered in the early hours of July 4th and ran off without stealing anything.

But he'd left an open can of Carling in one of the rooms, which forensic tests linked back to him via his DNA.

Vonk has been sentenced to 876 days in prison for burglary and a further 12 weeks from a previous suspended sentence.

Detective Inspector Mark Kavanagh, of Swansea CID, said: “Disturbing a burglar in your home is a terrifying experience and fortunately in this case the victim was unharmed and no property was stolen.

“During the crime scene investigation it became apparent that a can of lager had been left at the scene, which did not belong to the victim.

“The can was forensically examined and contained the full DNA profile of Vonk. He was later traced and arrested for the burglary.

“Whenever a burglary is reported we use every tool available to us to try and identify a suspect. Forensic technology is an important way of catching burglary suspect and in this case leaving behind a can of lager has resulted in us putting the suspect before the court.”