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Arlington police use 'CSI' techniques to track down alleged burglar
ARLINGTON — A 19-year-old Arlington man has been arrested in connection with a burglary in the second degree that took place more than six months ago.
City officials announced on Tuesday, Feb. 23, that the man was arrested Feb. 22 thanks in part to an Arlington Police officer who had obtained fingerprint evidence from a window at the crime scene.
Instead of detectives processing the fingerprints at the scene, Sgt. Dan Cone instead requested that the window be removed for further investigation, city of Arlington spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.
By removing that window, Cone was able to use casting putty to obtain the prints, which would have been difficult to reveal in the field, Banfield said.
"This was something straight out of 'CSI,'" said Detective Sgt. Jonathan Ventura with Arlington's Investigations Unit.
In August 2009, more than $7,000 in property and music equipment was taken from the Free Methodist Chruch, located on the 700 block of East Highland Drive.
Although detectives seem to have cracked the case, the missing items were tracked to Smokey Point Pawn Shop, which was deemed a total loss after a November 2009 fire.
Banfield said that pawn records indicate that the items were still in the store when the fire occurred.
Second-degree burglary is a Class B felony, and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.