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DNA Proves Sticky for Michigan Man, Tokyo Tub Thief

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DNA Proves Sticky for Michigan Man, Tokyo Tub Thief

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Norman Wheeler stole a car in 2004. The Michigan man apparently left behind a partially eaten cinnamon bun. That's where the case got sticky. Prosecutors used his DNA on the bun to link him to the car. Some burglars in Tokyo didn't leave such obvious clues – so far as we know. But what we do know is that somebody stole a golden tub from a resort hotel. Somebody cut a chain on the door and walked away with the equivalent of a million dollars.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with true crime.

Norman Wheeler stole a car in 2004. The Michigan man apparently left behind a partially eaten cinnamon bun, and that's where the case gets, uh, sticky. Prosecutors used his DNA on the bun to link him to the car. Some burglars in Tokyo did not leave such obvious clues, so far as we know. But what we do know is that somebody stole a golden tub from a resort hotel, worth the equivalent of a million dollars.

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