Accused Burglar Doesn't Flush Toilet, Leaving DNA for Police

Andrew David Jensen was arrested on suspicion of burglary after investigators said they tracked him through DNA evidence left when Jensen failed to flush a toilet after using the bathroom at a Thousand Oaks home. Thousand Oaks Police Department

A man accused of burglarizing a Southern California home took a bathroom break and left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest, an investigator said Tuesday.

The suspect "did his business and didn't flush it" during the October 2016 break-in in the city of Thousand Oaks, said Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

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That allowed investigators to collect evidence to conduct a DNA profile. It matched another profile in a national database and detectives tracked down the suspect at his home in the nearby city of Ventura.

Andrew David Jensen was arrested July 28 on suspicion of first-degree residential burglary, a felony. His bail was set at $180,000. Lohman did not know if Jensen, 42, has an attorney.

Efforts to reach Jensen for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Lohman said it's the first DNA burglary match case he knows of with fecal evidence collected from a toilet.

Authorities are searching for Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, who is on the run after he was suspected of shooting five employees of Advanced Granite Solutions at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Maryland. 

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"When people think of DNA evidence, they usually think of hair samples or saliva," Lohman said.

Jensen was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.