Jailed because of a smoke

A Tauranga man who was nabbed after his DNA was found on a cigarette butt has been jailed.

Quayde Richard Hulbert, 20, was sentenced to 11 months jail when he appeared in Tauranga District Court today.

Hulbert pleaded guilty to stealing more then $10,000 worth of tools and parts from a Mount Maunganui car yard.

Hulbert initially claimed to have no knowledge of the three break-ins at the yard but confessed to the charges after his DNA was found by ESR scientists contracted by police.

A cigarette butt was found inside the premises after the first burglary.

Hulbert has previous burglary convictions.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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