Grand Rapids man busted after DNA is found on cigarette loses appeal

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (AP) - A man tripped up by his own DNA on a cigarette butt has lost an appeal of a breaking-and-entering conviction in western Michigan.
    
Steven Merchant Jr. was accused of breaking into storage units in Grand Rapids. The missing property included a watch that was given to a woman for her retirement.
    
The big break for police was a cigarette butt found at the scene. Tests showed DNA on the cigarette belonged to Merchant.  Investigators later recovered the watch from a relative's shed.
    
The appeals court on Thursday found no errors in the case and affirmed Merchant's conviction and six-year prison sentence.

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