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DNA leads to Lincolnshire church lead theft conviction

Saulias Ciuzas
Image caption Mr Ciuzas was jailed for a year for stealing £10,000 worth of lead

DNA samples taken from a can of lager have led to the conviction of a Lincolnshire man for stealing lead from a church roof.

Saulias Ciuzas, 39, from Craven Mews in Lincoln was jailed for a year at Lincoln Crown Court for stealing £10,000 worth of lead.

He climbed on to the roof of St Peter and St Paul's Church at Algarkirk near Boston at Easter to steal the lead.

Ciuzas denied the charges but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

He left a half-drunk can of lager and a cigarette butt on the roof of St Peter and St Paul's church which were recovered by the church warden, the court heard.

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