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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05 2018, @07:07PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05 2018, @07:07PM (#689002)

    "You only have to get a warrant to obtain something that is protected by law."

    that's different. i'm not arguing that they shouldn't be able to get a warrant. if they have just cause to search then let them put it in writing. why is that so much to ask? because they are criminals, obviously.

    "The exterior of your car is not protected from being swabbed."
    obviously. i'm saying it should be. it's private property temporarily stored in a private company's parking lot for the express purpose of shopping there.

    "Your trash is not protected when placed on the street."
    are you suggesting just because i park my car in a store's parking lot i relinquish ownership like i do with trash?

    "If you don't want the exterior of your car being swabbed then don't leave your house with it."

    so i guess they can search your anal cavity without a warrant too, according to your sycophantic world view. a dna swab of non discarded items is a search. period. warrant required.