Vancouver police say they have arrested a man complicit in a series of break-ins dating back more than a decade.
The 52-year-old has been charged with nine counts of break and enter.
Officers linked the man’s DNA to evidence found at eleven different crime scenes on Vancouver’s West Side between 2005 and 2016.
After receiving the latest sample in May 2016, VPD identified the suspect and made an arrest.
In a statement Cst. Jason Doucette says the arrest was a decade in the making.
“Reducing property crime remains a priority for the VPD, and modern-day science is helping us make a difference.”
Despite the help of technology, Doucette says old fashioned bookkeeping can make a huge difference.
“We also rely on residents to record their property’s serial numbers and unique features to increase the chance of getting their property back if it’s stolen. It also increases the odds a thief may be arrested and charged if they are caught with that property.”
Police say the man often smashed homes’ windows or skylights as a means of breaking in.
He remains in custody, and investigation into the two remaining offenses is ongoing.