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Burglar DNA in California Home's Toilet Leads to Arrest

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Andrew David Jensen, 42, of Ventura, California, was arrested on July 28, 2017, on suspicion of committing a burglary. California investigators say Jensen, a suspect who stopped for a mid-burglary bathroom break left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest (Ventura County Sheriff via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 05:19 PM

Andrew David Jensen was arrested July 28 for burglarizing a Southern California home in October after his DNA was found in the home’s toilet.

Jensen apparently used the toilet during the robbery and then didn’t flush, allowing police to collect his fecal matter and test it for DNA, according to The Associated Press. Jensen was then arrested for first-degree residential burglary, a felony. His bail was $180,000.

Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office thought it was the first DNA match in a burglary using fecal evidence, the AP reported. “When people think of DNA evidence, they usually think of hair samples or saliva,” Lohman said.

Although feces themselves don’t have a person’s DNA, feces always contains skin cells that the body has shed, which provide the DNA police need to make an arrest, The New York Times reported in 2010.

Facebook had a lot to say about Jensen and his intelligence.

Other criminals that have people scratching their heads include: an Ontario man who called a convenience store to see how much money was in the register, a Colorado man who Facebook friend requested the woman he just robbed, and one who answered the phone and told the alarm company his name while he was robbing a restaurant, according to Shortlist’s World’s Dumbest Criminals list.

Listverse detailed more stories about inept criminals, such as a carjacker who couldn’t drive the stick vehicle he tried to steal, a robber who left his cell phone so the manager could call him back when he returned to open the safe, and convenience store robbers in Colombia who used a donkey as a getaway vehicle.

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Andrew David Jensen was arrested July 28 for burglarizing a Southern California home in October after his DNA was found in the home’s toilet.
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