DNA evidence helps police find suspect in 2009 break-in, truck theft

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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) – A suspect in a break-in two years ago is now charged in the case, and officers say DNA evidence is what led them to the suspect.

Curtis Brown, 25, of Lyndon Station is charged in Chippewa County with Burglary and several other counts. He’s scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Lake Hallie Police initially responded to Randy’s Holiday Towing on 115th Avenue in Lake Hallie on November 13, 2009. They say someone had forced their way in through the front door, and stole an employee’s pickup truck. The suspect drove it through the overhead garage door. Eau Claire Police found the truck that day, and a Lake Hallie officer collected DNA evidence by “swabbing” the interior of the truck. An unidentified man’s DNA was found in the truck.

Brown, who was on probation in Sauk County, was reported to Lake Hallie Police as a matching person to the DNA evidence in March 2012. Officers interviewed him and collected his DNA. Brown admitted to police that he forced the door open and stole the truck. Police say the owner of the business doesn’t know Brown. He also didn’t know who owned the vehicle which was stolen.