A 23-year-old’s wild past came back to haunt him when DNA tied him to a theft and break-in he committed when he was a teenager.
Billy Crouch, from Kyabram, was just 16 when he broke into a garage in the Yarra Valley with other unidentified offenders.
He stole four motorbikes and tools and other equipment, but before he left the scene he drank a can of Sunkist from a fridge in the garage, and left the can at the scene.
A DNA swab was taken from the can, leading police to finally track him down and charge him with burglary for the 2010 crime.
Defence lawyer Kristina Kutija said her client had a few wild years after he moved out of home at 14 and started associating with a bad crowd.
After running into trouble with the law, Ms Kutija said her client moved away from Victoria in an attempt to start over.
He now works full-time as a concreter and lives in Kyabram. He told the court that he was a completely different person to the foolish teenager who broke into the garage.
Magistrate Stella Stuthridge said it was clear he had grown up a lot in the past few years.
He was placed on a good behaviour bond for two years without conviction, and ordered to pay $750 to the court fund.