He was caught not red-handed, but white-footed.
A burglar in Britain was busted after he knocked over a can of white paint and left a trail leading from the crime scene back to his home, the BBC reports.
Police quickly arrested 27-year-old Andrew Mark Connor after they followed his footprints in Durham.
Connor admitted to the crime and was forced to pay a $144 fine. The stolen property – which was not identified – turned up in his backyard, the BBC reports.
"Some offenses of burglary are more challenging to solve than others, in this case the offender really put his foot in it and left some very obvious clues,” Detective Constable Darren Cresswell said.