An Upperlands man convicted of burglary was identified by DNA evidence taken from a hacksaw he left at the scene.
A homeowner from Tobermore reported that her residence had been trashed at some point between October 15 and 18.
Police attended and found that the water tank had been stolen and a window had been broken to gain access.
The officers discovered a hacksaw which did not belong to the homeowner and were able to identify the defendant, Jason Ian Milligan, 19, from Boyne Row.
District Judge Alan White told the defendant that because of his clear record he would not consider an immediate custodial.
Instead he suspended a four month sentence for two years.
He further ordered that Milligan pay compensation of £400 towards the injured party.