DNA has been used to identify a suspect in connection with a burglary at a Manitoba post office two years ago.
That suspect appeared in court for a bail hearing, and Crown attorney Joanne Maynard described how RCMP were called to the Elm Creek post office on Jan. 7, 2011.
The postmaster advised there had been a break and enter, and a black jacket and screwdriver were found at the scene.
Coin sets, cash, and a laptop were among the items stolen and a desk and cabinet had been destroyed. The cost of the items taken and the damage done came to more than $5,000.
Police, however, did find a set of important clues.
Three styrofoam cups were found at the scene and, about two months after the burglary, a DNA sample obtained from at least one of the cups was matched to the sample of a suspect in the national DNA database.
In general, the database consists of the samples of convicted offenders that can be checked for a match with DNA found at crime scenes.
On Monday, 23-year-old Dwayne Edward Peters appeared in Brandon court for a bail hearing on a count of break and enter.
Defence lawyer Stephanie Harland said that Peters, who grew up in the Portage la Prairie area, had recently moved to Alberta.
Prior to his arrest, he’d returned to this province to help move his common-law partner and their three children out west.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta denied Peters bail and he remains in custody to make another court appearance today.