In 2012, a stranger tore a gold chain from the neck of a resident of Nowy Sącz (Lesser Poland Voivodeship). During the struggle, he lost his shoe, but managed to escape. Now – more than 10 years after the incident – the police detained a suspect in the theft. All thanks to DNA testing and a bloody shoe.
The theft took place in September 2012 in Nowy Sącz. A cyclist passing the injured woman tore a gold chain from her neck.
“The victim, trying to stop the thief, managed to pull him by the clothes, after which he lost his balance and fell off the bike, losing one shoe. Unfortunately, despite the woman’s efforts, the perpetrator left with a loot worth two thousand zlotys” – the police statement said.
Extradition after more than 10 years of theft. DNA testing and a bloody shoe helped
At that time, despite the ongoing investigation, the perpetrator could not be traced. A decision was made to discontinue the case, but the Nowy Sącz policemen did not lose interest in it.
“The shoe of a man with bloodstains secured at the scene of the incident allowed to extract the DNA profile of the perpetrator of this crime and register it in the data set of unidentified perpetrators of the Police Headquarters” – according to the police.
DNA was matched in 2020 in Great Britain to a Pole from whom biological material was taken in connection with a crime committed in this country. Another swab confirmed it was the owner of the shoe left at the crime scene in 2012.
After extradition, the 43-year-old was charged with theft. It is punishable by up to five years in prison. “For the inhabitant of Nowy Sącz, the sentence may be more severe, because it came to light that the man, committing this crime in 2012, acted in conditions of recidivism after serving a prison sentence for a similar crime” – the police reserve.
As at December 31, 2021, the DNA data set of the Central Forensic Laboratory of the General Police Headquarters included, among others: 153,000 suspects and 19,199 traces of unknown perpetrators of crimes.
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