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Car thief caught out by DNA on his cigarette

Car thief tracked down by police through DNA left on discarded cigarette

A car thief was tracked down by police after leaving his DNA on a cigarette which he had smoked in a stolen vehicle. Duncan Fagg (yep, that’s his real name), from Maidstone, Kent, stole a white Nissan Micra from a car park in Gravesend in April last year.

Two weeks after Mr Fagg had stolen the car, police spotted it and attempted to stop it. However, the driver tried to make his getaway by driving at high speed on the wrong side of the road, before crashing into a nearby house. 

Mr Fagg was arrested after the owner of the house spotted him walking, (or rather, hobbling, because he was in crutches) away from the car. Police matched his DNA with that on a cigarette butt found in the car. 

Mr Fagg pleaded guilty to the theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified. He has been jailed for 18 months and banned from driving for three years.

Detective Constable Roger Harris, from Kent Police, said: “Fagg embarked on a reckless campaign to do everything he could to avoid capture. He drove dangerously, often on the wrong side of the road, and also overtook other motorists on roundabouts, which tells me he gave absolutely no consideration to other road users.” 

He added: “After catching up with [Fagg] shortly after, we were able to use forensic techniques to match a roll-up that Fagg had been smoking in the stolen Micra with his DNA to prove he had been in the car.” 

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