South West Wales

Swansea burglar Steven Vonk caught by DNA on lager can

Steven Craig Vonk Image copyright South Wales Police
Image caption Vonk was given 876 days in jail

A burglar has been jailed after being caught by DNA on a can of lager he left at the crime scene.

Steven Craig Vonk broke into the flat in the same Brynmill street where he lives in Swansea, South Wales Police said.

Vonk, armed with his drink, broke in but ended up disturbing the owner and ran off empty-handed.

The 39-year-old was jailed at Swansea Crown Court for 876 days after forensic tests linked him to the burglary.

"Whenever a burglary is reported we use every tool available to us to try and identify a suspect," said Det Insp Mark Kavanagh of Swansea CID.

"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."

He added: "When our investigation got under way it became apparent 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."

The burglary took place on 4 July and the victim was unharmed.

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