A man accused of burglarizing a home in Ventura, California reportedly took a bathroom break that ultimately lead to his arrest.
Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that the break-in occurred in the city of Thousand Oaks last October.
“[The suspect] did his business and didn’t flush it,” he said. “When people think of DNA samples, they usually think of hair samples or saliva.”
Lohman said the suspect’s decision helped investigators collect the evidence necessary for conducting a DNA profile.
Detectives then tracked down the suspect after the profile matched another one in a national database.
Andrew David Jensen was arrested on July 28 in nearby Ventura on suspicion of first-degree residential burglary, a felony.
Some Twitter users on Wednesday mocked Jensen’s alleged decision during the incident last year.
Lohman said that Jensen’s bail was set at $180,000, adding that he is unsure if the 42-year-old has an attorney.
The detective added the instance is the first burglary DNA case he knows of with fecal evidence collected from a toilet.
The Ventura County Star reported Monday that Jensen was scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon at Ventura County Superior Court.
The California Department of Justice reportedly notified Thousand Oaks police on July 25 that it had a DNA profile match for Jensen.
The Ventura County Star additionally reported that Ventura County police have found a crime suspect there using fecal DNA at least once before.
The 1997 murder of Jake Bush, a Ventura teenager who was killed during a burglary, reportedly remained unsolved for years.
Police ultimately extracted DNA from feces left inside the burglarized home to identify Marco Casillas as a suspect in 2014.
Casillas, of Port Hueneme, was convicted of Bush’s death and sentenced last March to live in prison without the possibility of parole.