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posted by martyb on Monday June 04 2018, @12:12PM   Printer-friendly
from the should-not-leave-your-DNA-lying-around-where-others-can-find-it dept.

When the suspected Golden State Killer drove into a Hobby Lobby parking lot in April, investigators were waiting nearby. As he walked into the craft store, it gave them a perfect chance to collect a secret DNA sample.

Police swabbed the driver's side handle of [the suspect's] car, according to arrest and search warrants released Friday.

Authorities sent it for testing and matched it to semen recovered at some of the Golden State Killer's crime scenes, the arrest warrant said.

[...] The stop at the Hobby Lobby was just one of several ways investigators used to zero in on a suspect. Earlier this year, police tracked him down by comparing genetic profiles from genealogy websites to crime scene DNA, according to investigators.

On April 23, a day before his arrest, police say they collected multiple samples from a trash can outside DeAngelo's home in Citrus Heights, a town 16 miles northeast of Sacramento. They had watched the home for three days, the warrant said.

Previously: DNA From Genealogy Site Led to Capture of Golden State Killer Suspect
GEDmatch: "What If It Was Called Police Genealogy?"

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  • (Score: 2) by Osamabobama on Monday June 04 2018, @07:19PM (1 child)

    by Osamabobama (5842) on Monday June 04 2018, @07:19PM (#688519)

    Your trash is not protected when placed on the street.

    My trash is protected when placed on the street in San Diego.

    ยง66.0402 Unauthorized Collection Prohibited
    It shall be unlawful for any person other than the owner or person authorized by law
    or the City Manager to collect refuse or recyclable material as defined in Section
    66.0102, to rummage in, disturb, interfere, or remove refuse or recyclable material
    from officially designated refuse and recyclable containers.
    (Amended 11-10-1998 by O-18601 N.S.)

    Of course, it's probably not protected from the police, as they work for the city. There may be a minor bureaucratic hurdle to clear, but probably not a warrant.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04 2018, @11:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04 2018, @11:27PM (#688638)

    My trash is protected when placed on the street in San Diego.

    Maybe it isn't: []