Police: DNA ties man to Rutland robbery
Police use a number of tools and techniques to investigate burglaries, but DNA testing isn’t usually among them.
But it was the biological swabs from a baseball hat and a glove left inside an antique shop in Rutland by a suspected burglar that led to a recent arrest in a seven-month-old burglary case.
Conway’s Antiques and a private residence at 90 Grove St. were broken into on Feb. 15, city police said. A suspect was quickly identified, but it wasn’t until a DNA test of the hat and glove were completed earlier this summer that police arrested Jordan P. Bemis of Rutland.
Bemis, 31, pleaded innocent this week in Rutland criminal court to felony charges of burglary and unlawful trespass. Bemis, who faces up to 18 years in jail if convicted, was freed on conditions of release.