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Long balm of the law: Burglar caught after his DNA is found on lip balm left in stolen car

Sheridan Fayomi. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A burglar who stole a number of high-value cars in St Neots was caught after his DNA was found on a stick of lip balm left in one of the stolen vehicles.

Sheridan Fayomi, 27, helped himself to a Mercedes worth £20,000 from a property in Curlew Place and a Mercedes A220, worth £32,000, from nearby Heron Court on the morning of 31 May last year.

A mobile phone and camera equipment worth £10,000 were also stolen from the property in Curlew Place.

Then, on 14 June last year, an Audi S3, worth £45,000, and a handbag containing bank cards were stolen from a different property in Heron Court.

Police subsequently found the Audi abandoned in Barnet five days later, and also discovered a stick of lip balm which forensic tests linked to Fayomi.

When he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police two months later, a mobile phone was seized. Information from this linked him to the scenes of the burglaries.

Fayomi was found guilty following a trial and was jailed for five years and six months.

“Fayomi is a career criminal and targeted high value vehicles to further fund his lifestyle," Detective Constable James Howard said.

“He targeted hard working successful people and had no regard for the devastating impact burglary has on its victims.

“This was a challenging investigation. I am particularly grateful to the support and hard work of my team and also the Metropolitan Police. I hope the sentence handed to Fayomi serves as a reminder that we will work tirelessly to bring burglars who target our county to justice.”