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Cops Use DNA to Catch Burglar Who Didn’t Flush

Charles Marqull Williams

Charles Marqull Williams

Police in Oklahoma have upped the ante on burglars everywhere by DNA testing the poop of a suspect who broke into a home, January 23, 2013, stole several items and hurriedly used the toilet forgetting to flush.

Picture the homeowner flanked by two cops, staring into the unflushed toilet saying: Well, can’t you DNA test it or something? And the cop says, Are you serious? The guy took a VCR.

It is unknown if cops called in CSI to avoid contaminating the evidence, but somebody collected a DNA sample from a sheet of used toilet paper found on the floor, ran the results through a database and, lo and behold, got a match, according to the probable cause affidavit.

It took a while, but on October 10, 2013, Charles Marqull Williams, 20, became the first petty thief identified by his own poop. He was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary.

There was no comment from Williams, shown here looking miffed, to say the least.

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