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BREAKING NEWS — DNA Evidence Helps Lower Police Solve Burglary – 6-16-2006

By Al Campbell

ERMA – Lower Township Police Department, with aid of N.J. State Police, solved a 2005 crime with DNA evidence, and served burglary and criminal mischief charges on Anthony J. Seiger, 21, of Iselin Road, Town Bank.
He was served those charges in county jail where he was being held on separate, unrelated charges.
According to a June 16 release, the incident was the burglary of a residence on Delaware Bay in North Cape May.
During the crime, police allege Seiger left physical evidence at the scene, which was retrieved by detectives, who sent it to State Police for analysis.
Patrolman Barcas attempted to get Seiger to provide a buccal swab, but he refused, and denied involvement in the burglary.
Using other investigative techniques, Seiger’s DNA sample was obtained. Police recovered it after being discarded by Seiger in their presence. It was that item that was sent to the State Police Lab.
State Police confirmed that, within reasonable degreed of scientific certainty, the suspect’s DNA was the same as the crime scene evidence.
Once police had that information, they filed charges.
Municipal Judge David Deweese set bail of $25,000.

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