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Underwear DNA leads to burglary suspect

May 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM

SHORELINE, Wash., May 26 (UPI) -- Authorities in Washington state said they matched DNA from underwear left behind at a burglary scene to a man already in jail.

Police said the thief took a digital camera, a laptop computer, an iPod, a DVD player and a change of clothes during the October burglary in Shoreline and left behind dirty shoes, pants and underwear, Seattlepi.com reported Wednesday.

"I specifically requested that the underpants be analyzed for a DNA profile and to have the recovered DNA profile run in CODIS (a criminal database) for any suspect matches," King County Sheriff's Detective Cary Coblantz wrote in a search warrant affidavit.

Police said the DNA sample matched a 39-year-old man who pleaded guilty May 5 to five counts of residential burglary. Investigators said the man's name was not released because he has not yet been charged in the Shoreline case.

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