A CAREER criminal who conspired to steal cars worth nearly £100,000 was caught after his DNA was found on a lip balm.
Sheridan Fayomi (above) left the moisturiser inside an Audi S3 he targeted to fund his lavish lifestyle.
Forensic tests linked the balm to the 27-year-old and led to his arrest.
He was jailed for five years and six months following a trial last week.
The court was told a £20,000 Mercedes and another Mercedes worth £32,000 were stolen from an address in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, on May 31 last year.
A mobile phone and camera equipment worth £10,000 were taken from the same property.
Two weeks later the £45,000 Audi and a handbag containing bank cards were stolen from another property nearby. The cards were used to complete three transactions worth a total of £88.55 in Barnet, north London.
When officers discovered the Audi abandoned in Barnet five days later they found the stick of balm.
Fayomi was arrested by the Metropolitan Police two months later and his mobile phone was seized. Information found on the phone linked him to the scenes of the burglaries.
Fayomi, from north London, was found guilty at Harrow crown court of three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Det Con James Howard, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: ‘Fayomi is a career criminal and targeted high-value vehicles to fund his lifestyle.
‘He targeted hard-working successful people and had no regard for the devastating impact burglary has on its victims. This was a challenging investigation. I am particularly grateful to the support and hard work of my team and also the Metropolitan Police.’