Fingerprints help police solve two home burglaries
Juvenile suspect arrested in connection with burglaries
In August of 2014, the Paso Robles Police Department investigated two residential burglaries that occurred approximately two weeks apart. The first residential burglary occurred in the 200 block of Chickory Ln., where several pieces of jewelry and electronics were stolen.
Two weeks later, officers responded to another residential burglary in the 100 block of Santa Ynez where several electronic devices were stolen. In both burglaries, a suspect had pried open a window to gain access to the residences.
During the separate investigations, both crime scenes were processed for evidence. Fingerprint evidence was located at both scenes, and this evidence was submitted to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab for identification.
The Paso Robles Police Department was advised that the fingerprints were identified as belonging to a juvenile suspect. This same suspect had previously been arrested for possession of stolen property from one of the burglaries, but denied being responsible for the burglary itself.
With this new fingerprint evidence, the juvenile suspect was re-interviewed and admitted to his involvement in both residential burglaries. The case was submitted to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office for formal filing of charges against the juvenile for two counts of felony residential burglary. As the suspect was a juvenile at the time these crimes occurred, the name and photograph will not be released.
The Paso Robles Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding criminal activity in Paso Robles to contact Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP (549-7867) or submit a Web Tip from the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.slotips.org. You can also submit a “TEXT TIP” by texting “slotips” and your message to CRIMES (or 274637). You may also contact the Special Enforcement Team (SET) directly at (805) 237-6464. You do not have to give your name.
Source: City of Paso Robles press release