A Detroit man has been arrested and charged after police say that DNA evidence has linked him to an attempted jewelry robbery in 2010. Nearly two years later, the man is being held on $25,000 bond because DNA collected from a latex glove has apparently caused a break in the armed robbery cold case. If police were really able to collect this DNA evidence, it is unclear why it took so long for them to find, accuse and charge the man with the alleged crime.
According to police, the man is one of five who tried to rob the Utica Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in September 2010. The 19-year-old Detroit man entered the jewelry store with three others while one man waited in the car. Since the crime happened two years ago, the suspect was likely a juvenile at the time.
Police later found the car at an apartment complex, but it doesn't appear they made any arrests at the time. Officers found a pair of latex gloves in the vehicle and, two years later, tested them for DNA and matched them with the 19-year-old Detroit man. It is unclear if anyone else has been linked to the attempted armed robbery.
When the four men supposedly entered the store, they had one gun, pepper spray and a crowbar. The men sprayed employees with the pepper spray and then tried to break into a display case containing Rolex watches. Though there hasn't been any evidence that shows the suspect was the one with the gun, he is still being charged with armed robbery.
Source: Shelby-Utica Patch, "DNA Links Man to 2010 Armed Robbery at Jared Galleria of Jewelry," Marina Cracchiolo, June 6, 2012