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Burglar Busted by DNA on Beer Can

A robber learns the hard way not to booze in the house you're burgling.


Police recycled the cans into evidence.
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By Bryan Le


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Drinking on the job will get you in trouble—and doubly so if your job happens to be breaking and entering. Moses Wilson, 29, learned this the hard way when his decision to stop for a cold one during a break-in led to his arrest. Looking to score some copper piping, Wilson broke into a vacant upstate New York rental home back in February when officials say he spotted an unopened case of beer and decided to knock a few back. As a result, police were able to match the DNA from the spent beer cans to Wilson, landing him with charges of burglary and petit larceny. He's now being held on $10,000 bail.

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