updated 3/9/2011 1:53:13 PM ET 2011-03-09T18:53:13

Two bank robbers forgot to cover their tracks and left three bottles of urine behind after hiding inside a bank vault in Copenhagen for three days.

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A 27-year-old Swede and his accomplice used the bottles to relieve themselves after sneaking into the vault on a Friday in May and remaining there until the bank opened again the following Monday.

While inside, the robbers emptied 140 safe deposit boxes of at least $500,000 in cash and jewelry. But Prosecutor Frederik Larsen said Wednesday they forgot to take the urine when they left, "so we were able to get their DNA samples from the bottles."

The evidence helped prosecutors win a 21-month prison sentence for the 27-year-old on Tuesday. His accomplice is still at large. The loot hasn't been recovered.

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