Another argument in favour of proper hygiene--if you use the toilet while committing a crime, always be sure to flush. As reported by Jeremy Childs of the Ventura County Star, August 7, 2017 (updated August 8, 2017):
Fecal matter left at the scene of a Thousand Oaks burglary last October led to the arrest of a suspect from Ventura, police said.HT: Dracul Van Helsing
Andrew David Jensen, 42, was arrested July 28 on suspicion of committing a burglary on Oct. 7, 2016, in the 2900 block of Cottonwood Court, authorities said.
While searching the crime scene, police found fecal matter in an unflushed toilet that possibly had the suspect's DNA, according to Detective Tim Lohman of the Thousand Oaks Police Department. Authorities took a sample and submitted the evidence to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office Forensic Services Bureau for processing.
Once a DNA profile was processed, scientists submitted the results to the Combined DNA Information System to see if the profile matched a known suspect, police said.
On July 25, the California Department of Justice informed Thousand Oaks police that the profile matched Jensen.
Authorities arrested Jensen on suspicion of first-degree residential burglary, a felony. His bail was set at $70,000 and he is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Courtroom 12 of Ventura County Superior Court.
It wasn't the first time fecal DNA has helped lead authorities to a crime suspect in Ventura County.
The case of the 1997 murder of Ventura teenager Jake Bush during a burglary remained "cold" for years. However, DNA extracted from feces left inside the burglarized home helped identify Marco Casillas, of Port Hueneme, as a suspect in 2014. Casillas was convicted of the death and sentenced in March to life in prison without the possibility of parole.