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Home invader caught after leaving his DNA on empty beer cans at the crime scene

By Mason White 4:57 AM June 7, 2013
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By: Debbie Gross
A man was arrested and charged with theft related charges after leaving empty beer cans at the home he just robbed, according to a statement released by New York State Police.

A robbery suspect, who was charged with stealing copper piping from a vacant rental house in Syracuse, New York, was identified after authorities matched his DNA with DNA found on beer cans left at the crime scene.

Moses Wilson, 29, was charged Tuesday in Onondaga County Court on charges of third-degree theft and petit theft. He is accused of robbing a vacant rental house on South Midler Avenue.

Wilson allegedly found an unopened case of beer in the basement and decided to have a few during the course of the robbery, according to District Attorney Michael Kasmarek. The cans were collected as evidence after the property owner reported the theft of copper pipes to the police.

Wilson’s DNA was the only DNA that was found on the cans, Kasmarek said.

Wilson’s bail was set at $10,000 cash or bond, and is currently being held in the Justice Center of Onondaga County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.