A teenage thief must have thought he had got away with breaking into three properties in rural Australian city in 2007.
But yesterday, the thief now 18, found himself facing sentencing in Albury Children's Court five years after his crimes.
And he has a Paddle Pop ice block stick to blame for being caught.
DNA taken from traces of blood on the stick left at the crime scenes provided conclusive evidence against him.
He appeared via video link from Goulburn jail where he is serving a sentence. He pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking, entering and stealing, breaking and entering with intent and with malicious damage.
Police said the man committed nine breaking, entering and stealing offences in 2007 when he was aged 13.
Police obtained blood samples from the ground and the top of a fence from one of the properties.
A Paddle Pop stick was found in the lounge room of another house and analysis gave a positive DNA result linking him to the crimes.
- The Border Mail