It's taken two years, but Wright County authorities have used DNA evidence to link a Maple Lake teenager to burglaries in 2006 and 2007.
Investigators collected blood at the scene of a burglary on Dec. 11, 2006, at the Old Town Creamery and Jan. 19, 2007, at St. Timothy's Catholic Church. The blood samples were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, where the DNA profile was entered into the state and national DNA index systems, said Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller.
In June, Miller said his office was notified the DNA profile found at the two burglaries matched that of somebody in the Minnesota Convicted Offender DNA system. Authorities matched the DNA profile to the teen, who was under court supervision. Detectives interviewed the teen in July and collected a new DNA sample, which matched the others, Miller said.
The teen is expected to be charged with third-degree burglary and criminal damage to property, Miller said.