DNA taken from unflushed toilet leads to suspect’s arrest

A man who failed to flush the toilet of a home he burgled has been arrested after DNA evidence exposed him.

42-year-old Andrew David Jensen is said to have used a bathroom in a Thousand Oaks home during a 2016 burglary and failed to flush after using. He was seen in an image provided by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Andrew David Jensen of Ventura was arrested July 28 for allegedly breaking into a home in the 2900 block of Cottonwood Court in October.

Thousand Oaks police responded to the home the day of the burglary and locate items that potentially contained the suspect’s DNA, the news release stated.

What they found was actually fecal matter left in an unflushed toilet, Detective Tim Lohman of the Thousand Oaks Police Department told the Ventura County Star. The evidence was sent to the Forensic Services Bureau and processed, the Sheriff’s Office stated.

The results prompted the California Department of Justice to notify authorities the DNA profile matched Jensen, according to the news release. Jensen was taken into custody and held on $70,000 bail.

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