A crack cocaine addict who burgled more than 40 businesses was caught after drinking vodka during a break-in at a South Harrow restaurant.
Edward Gourlay, 22, of Ickenham, was traced using DNA extracted from saliva he left on a spirit-filled pint glass he swigged while raiding Clove Restaurant in Rayners Lane on October 5 this year.
Police enquiries linked him to a number of other burglaries, including one three days later, on October 8, in which he stole £26,000 worth of computer equipment, including memory cards and hard drives, from Future Connections internet café in Eastcote.
Detective Constable Andy Miller, of Harrow Police's identified suspects unit, said: "We took him on a drive and he let slip he had sold items to Computer Exchange (CeX) so we went there to see if we could get a list of goods that he had brought to them.
"We managed to identify that Computer Exchange in Station Road, Harrow, had a lot of that stolen property in the shop and we managed to recover about £3,000 worth.
"He was out every night committing offences, according to the people around him. He's a self-confessed crack cocaine addict and admitted to committing the crimes to fund his drug habit."
Gourlay was jailed for 27 months on December 2 at Harrow Crown Court, having admitted to two counts of burglary and one of money laundering at Harrow Magistrates' Court on October 28.
He asked for a 41 further commercial burglaries, committed at premises like fast food outlets and hairdressers throughout Ealing, Hillingdon and Harrow over a period of around six months, to be taken into consideration.
DC Miller said: "This is a very good result for Harrow Police and it sends out a strong message that we take these offences seriously.
"Harrow police have forged strong links with Computer Exchange, which has provided further training to its staff."
A friend of Gourlay's, Jason Clutton, 29, of Northolt, received a nine-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, from Harrow Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods. Police had found some of the missing computer hard-ware stashed at his house.