POLICE REPORT: DNA sample from car theft being used

A 1995 GMC Jimmy was broken into and RCMP found blood inside. It will be used as DNA evidence and will be kept on file.

June 15 At 9:29 a.m. police received a report that a white 1995 GMC Jimmy was broken into sometime overnight on 75th Avenue.

The right window had been broken and police found blood on the inside and outside of the vehicle; an iPod was stolen.

Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison of the Grand Forks RCMP said that they have taken DNA samples, which are currently being processed.

“At this point we’re proceeding with the investigation and we’ll see if we get a DNA hit,” Harrison said.

“Unfortunately, no fingerprints, but DNA can sometimes prove just as useful.”

He said that for the DNA matching to work, a sample has to already be in the system or there won’t be a match. He said though that suspect DNA is kept on file for some time, so could be useful later if nothing is found now.

“If, say in the next two years, we get a DNA sample from him and it’s compared with suspect samples – there’s an automated search done – it might pop up then,” he said.

June 17 Thirty CDs were reported stolen from an unlocked van on Nursery Road. One week earlier the victim had had a five-gallon (18.8 litre) gas can stolen. RCMP have no suspects or witnesses.

June 18 At 3:34 p.m. graffiti was discovered on the back of the Lordco Parts Ltd. building.

Harrison said the graffiti was unrelated to the graffiti case that they are currently investigating.

June 20 At 2:15 a.m., there was a report of a possible fire in the Perley Elementary School grounds.

“Somebody phoned in saying they thought they’d seen a fire,” Harrison said.

“On attendance, a small group of youth was encountered. There was no sign of any fire or any damage in the area.”

The youth were just told to move along by police.

Harrison said that if they were up to anything, they must have stopped before police got there.

If you have information on the above incidents or any other incident, contact Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288.