Theft Suspect ID'd by stolen strawberries
Theft Suspect ID’d by stolen strawberries
A burglary suspect faces theft charges, thanks to some stolen strawberries. Police used the discarded stems to collect DNA evidence from the perpetrator.

Glendale Police responded to the report of a burglary of a catering van in May. An officer noted that the thief had made off with some fresh strawberries. A search of the area turned up discarded stems, which the police submitted for DNA testing.

The DNA belonged to a 23-year-old man with a prior arrest in 2017. In addition to the DNA, police also located surveillance footage of the suspect entering a home near the burglarized van. In that break in, the suspect stole a wallet. Based on the DNA evidence, officers sought a search warrant and arrested the man at his home. Inside, they found evidence from the burglaries, as well as other items that connected the man to a string of thefts. Police also allege that the suspect stole a set of car keys from a home, and also stole the car.

He remains jailed on a $250,000 bond. He will return to court at the end of November on matters related to his case.

Glendale theft lawyer

When you face grand theft charges, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes theft cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Eliminating felony charges is essential in California. Accumulating a history of felony convictions here can result in a life sentence.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works aggressively to provide excellent representation for his clients. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you have no defense options.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County theft case.

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