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Burglars stole candy from baby

Date 10 Sep 2007
Author The Editor

Stealing candy from a baby is proverbially simple, but the result wasn't so appetising for a group of thieves in Italy. The sweet-toothed gang of burglars was caught after they grabbed a handful of lollipops during a house raid and dumped them half-eaten nearby. Police found and tested the lollipops and managed to match up vital DNA evidence contained in saliva.

Police in Alessandria identified the seven-man gang which were behind 78 robberies in the area in the last three months. The lollies had been bought by their victims for their sweet toothed toddler, and were discarded after being half-eaten. You'd think after 78 robberies, they'd have enough sense not to leave such an obvious source of DNA evidence...

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