Transient arrested on burglary charge after police get hit in DNA database

Posted Dec. 09, 2013, at 9:40 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 09, 2013, at 10:24 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Bangor transient was arrested on a burglary charge last week after a blood sample collected at a Hampden crime scene got a hit after it was submitted to a law enforcement database known as the Combined DNA Indexing System, or CODIS.

In addition to burglary, Daniel Roberts, 33, is charged with criminal mischief, Hampden police Officer William Miller said Monday. Roberts, who was arrested on Dec. 5, remained at the Penobscot County Jail Monday night.

Miller said that the incident that resulted in the charges against Roberts occurred about midnight on Sept. 1, when police were called to investigate an alarm at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic, located on Commerce Court in the Hampden Business and Commerce Park.

When they arrived, Miller, Officer Jeff Rice and Sgt. Chris Bailey, all of the Hampden police department, found that a kitchen window had been broken out and that no one was inside. They called the Maine State Police to bring a tracking dog to the area but it was raining so hard that night that Troopers Chris Smith and Tucker Bonnevie were unable to locate the suspect.

Although the clinic had been ransacked, Miller said, it was not clear whether Roberts took anything. When Roberts was interviewed last week by police, he reportedly admitted to having broken into the building and to have broken the window. Police believe Roberts was in search of drugs at the time.

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