July 16, 2009

Beer can fingerprints lead to arrest

Police in Florida said an alleged convenience store robber was caught with the help of fingerprints he left on a beer can at the scene.

Vero Beach investigators said Jason Nesbitt entered the Kwik Stop store at 10:30 p.m. July 2, pulled a can of beer from a cooler and brought it to the front counter, WPTV, West Palm Beach, Fla., reported Thursday.

Police said Nesbitt allegedly brandished an item that looked like a firearm, took all of the money from the cash register and fled the scene on a bicycle. However, he left the can of beer behind.

An officer responding to a domestic violence report involving Nesbitt determined he matched the description of the robber and his fingerprints were found to match those recovered from the beer can.

He was charged with the store robbery Tuesday and taken to the Indian River County Jail on assault, battery and robbery charges.