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DNA evidence leads to charges in 2009 theft

Like a scene out of CSI -- minus the flashy computer graphics -- the Farmington police have used a few drops of blood and a DNA database to find the man suspected of breaking into a truck last year.

The break-in occurred June 24, 2009. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office someone broke the window of a truck parked in the driveway of a Farmington home. The thief took items including golf clubs, a GPS unit, two cordless drills and a belt sander.

All told the items taken were worth about $4,800.

Police found spots of blood on the driver's side door and on pieces of glass inside the truck. DNA obtained from those blood drops matched samples on file with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for 24-year-old Farmington resident Anthony Richard Reichstadt. A saliva sample taken directly from Reichstadt after police obtained a warrant also matched the DNA from the blood spots.

According to the complaint Reichstadt denied being involved in any criminal activity during the summer of 2009.

If convicted on a felony theft charge Reichstadt could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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