DNA law leads to arrest in January trailer theft case

By The Associated Press

PORTLAND — A new law that requires police to collect DNA from people facing felony charges has led to arrest in an eastern Indiana theft case.

DNA was collected from 23-year-old Thomas L. Wright of Redkey under that law following his April arrest in a trailer theft.

State Police say Wright’s DNA matched genetic evidence collected from another trailer recovered after it was stolen in January.

The Star Press reports Wright faces a Monday initial hearing in the January theft. It wasn’t clear if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

State Police say there have been more than 70 DNA matches since the law took effect Jan. 1 requiring police to collect DNA from people arrested on felony charges.

DNA was previously collected only from convicted felons.

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