DNA in unflushed toilet snares California burglary suspect

Another good reason to always flush. 😉

A California burglary suspect has been arrested after police say he left a key piece of evidence at the crime scene when he forgot to flush the toilet.

Investigators say Andrew Jensen’s sample in the toilet bowl at the home in Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks matched DNA on an FBI database.

The 42-year-old was arrested on 28 July nearly a year after the residential burglary in October 2016.

Police said they collect any type of evidence left behind at crime scenes.

Let that be a lesson to us all. 😉

New Zealand: Police in toasted sandwich mercy dash

Just the sort of good deed police ought to be doing more of.

Police officers in New Zealand have delivered a toasted sandwich to a distressed elderly woman, it’s been reported.

Far from being a trivial call-out, the mercy dash by officers based in the North Island town of Wanganui was in response to the news that the 90-year-old had not eaten for three days and was “distressed and desperate”, the Wanganui Chronicle reports. The woman lived alone, had been unwell and had been unable to get food delivered, according to Sgt Colin Wright. “I don’t know how many places or who she’d phoned. She had obviously tried a couple of fish and chip shops and probably there was nobody else to call,” he tells the paper. A patrol picked up a sandwich from a local fish and chip shop and delivered it to the woman. Sgt Wright tells the paper it’s the police’s role to help the vulnerable, elderly and lonely in society. “We could even have gone back to the police station and cooked one up ourselves,” he says.

Good on them!

More helping people like this, please, police!

And less of this and this kind of thing, thanks.

Michigan cop buys struggling mom a car seat for her daughter

Bravo, Officer Hall!

Instead of giving a mom a ticket during a traffic stop, a Michigan police officer lent a helping hand.

On Friday, Officer Ben Hall responded to a call about a young child riding in a vehicle without a car seat.

When he pulled over the car, the driver, Alexis DeLorenzo, admitted her wrong but confessed she “hit a really bad financial situation” and couldn’t afford a proper booster seat for her 5-year-old daughter.

Instead of issuing her a ticket, Hall offered to meet DeLorenzo at a nearby Walmart where he could purchase a car seat for her.

“A ticket doesn’t solve the situation. What solves it, is the child being in a booster seat like she should be. Easiest $50 I ever spent,” explained Officer Hall.