Gang member identified after leaving DNA inside boat

A member of a Lithuanian gang has been jailed for four years after his DNA was discovered inside a boat he had stolen from.

Henrikas Jagintavicius targeted Neyland Marina, stealing over £40,000 worth of marine engines, which were never seen again. Two Honda outboards were taken from one boat at the marina, with two Yamaha engines disappearing from another vessel.

Jagintavicius was only found when police went to his address to arrest another person for an unrelated crime, the Western Telegraph reports. A PC looked inside a van parked outside the property and spotted the Yamaha engines. Scientists then managed to match him to DNA found in the engine well of one of the boats.

Jagintavicius claimed that he spent two days holidaying in Pembrokeshire, suggesting his DNA was found in the boat because it was on acigarette butt that had attached to the bottom of someone’s shoes and fallen into the engine well of the boot.

In court today it took just four minutes for the jury to convict him and Jagintavicius was sentenced to four years in prison.

Photo by Whatlep.

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