A bungling burglar left a direct trail for police to follow after he left a used spoon at the scene of the crime after gorging on stolen cheesecake.
Wannabe criminal Jason Stratford broke into a bar in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on January 2 at around 1am and started stealing bottles of alcohol.
Hunger struck for the 36-year-old who decided to tuck into a calorific cheesecake which he found in the kitchen of the bar.
The silly burglar then dropped the used spoon – with DNA left on the cutlery.
Cotswold local policing officers found the DNA on the spoon to be a direct match for that of Stratford.
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He was also captured on CCTV at the venue, and staff confronted him after recognising him in the footage and recovered a set of keys from him.
Stratford, who is homeless, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to his crimes.
As well as pleading guilty to burglary, he also admitted breaching a 16 week suspended sentence imposed last summer for another burglary.
He was sentenced to 34 weeks jail and ordered to pay £1,825 in compensation to the venue he stole from.
Authorities took a dim view of his actions in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how the hospitality industry is being ravaged by lockdowns.
DC Nick Henry of Gloucestershire Constabulary said following the sentencing: "Burglary is a callous crime, targeting a business that has already likely been damaged due to the pandemic.
"We wish to thank the staff members for their vigilance in assisting the investigation and bringing this offender to justice, ultimately taking him off of the streets of Cirencester.
"Gloucestershire Constabulary hopes that the sentence sends a message that criminal activity, regardless of the pandemic, will not be tolerated and criminals will be brought to justice."
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