A sweet-toothed gang of Romanian burglars was caught after stealing candy from a baby.
They grabbed a handful of lollipops during a house raid in Italy and dumped them half-eaten nearby.
But police found and tested the lollipops and managed to match up vital DNA evidence contained in saliva.
Police in Alessandria identified the seven-man gang which were behind 78 robberies in the area in the last three months.
The lollies had been bought by their victims for their sweet toothed toddler, and were discarded after being half-eaten.
A police spokesman said: "Officers found the lollipops just a few yards away from the house they robbed."