April 21, 2018
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Stolen truck linked to suspect through DNA evidence

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — DNA evidence tied a Garland man to a stolen vehicle earlier this month, according to Dexter police.

On May 12, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department discovered a totaled gray 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck on Oliver Hill Road in Garland, said Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle on Friday.

After tracking down the owner of the vehicle in Dexter, police learned that the truck was stolen, said Wintle.

Dexter police Officer Todd Lyford and Sgt. Alan Grinnell worked with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department to discover who stole the truck.

“There was some blood found inside the vehicle. A sample was taken and placed into evidence and sent to the Maine State Police Crime Lab,” said Wintle.

Police conducted numerous interviews over several months and also took a DNA swab from a suspect, said Wintle.

On Oct. 1, Dexter police summoned Edward Woodbury, 31, of Garland for Class C theft, a felony. Other charges could be pending, said Wintle.

Woodbury is scheduled to appear in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor on Nov. 14.

“This was a lengthy investigation. I feel that having a sergeant-detective now is playing a big role for our department,” Wintle said, referring to Grinnell. “Both departments worked to put the case together.”

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