How To Solve A Crime: DNA, Facebook & Determination

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This is a story about a burglary and the lengths police will go to solve a crime.

It begins in 2011 at the old Fargo Inn in the town of Wilna.

Sometime between December 15 and 29, burglars broke into the business, stole liquor and copper pipes, and caused $14,000 worth of flood damage.

One of the suspects defecated behind the bar and wiped himself with a napkin.

Detective Benjamin Timerman of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said that proved to be a big mistake.

After sending the materials to the state police lab, investigators were able to get a DNA sample from a hair which came off during wiping.

The information was run through the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, a database for criminals.

Officials found a match in Louisiana.

Timerman had a name, but no address.

Under the law, Timerman needed to get a new sample to nab the suspect.

So he turned to Facebook and found the man he was looking for.

Timerman eventually found a friend of a friend of a friend who works in the Livington Parish Sheriff's Department.

Timerman's new law enforcement friend was able to find the suspect, who volunteered his DNA.

The sample was a match.

The suspect, 20 year old Stephan McMorris of Jennings, Louisiana, was extradited to Watertown on Thursday night.

He's now in the county jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Timerman, who apparently doesn't stop until he solves a crime, hopes to make additional arrests in the case.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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