A burglar learned never to stop off for a snack at the house you are stealing from after being identified via fingerprints found on a packet of Jaffa Cakes.
Reece O’Callaghan, who was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison, was jailed in part because his DNA was discovered after he stopped to eat some biscuits and pasta.
The 19-year-old had also pleaded guilty to two separate charges of burglary and aggravated burglary, which was taken into account during his sentencing.
Mr O’Callaghan had managed to escape from the house in Birmingham with three televisions but he never got a chance to enjoy his booty as he was stopped nearby after being fingered by neighbours.
The young thief had tried to deny his involvement in the robbery but was snared after his middle fingerprint was picked up on the confectionery box.
The teenager burgled the house of an elderly couple who had lost irreplaceable items and were deeply upset.