BAY CITY, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - Police say a DNA analysis has linked a three-year-old burglary case to a Michigan man.
Back in August 2011, police were called to the Pinconning VFW Hall after an employee arrived for work and found the doors pried open. During their investigation, police realized $725 and five boxes of candy bars worth $125 were taken from the VFW hall. They also found a wrapper and stick for an ice cream treat near where the cash box was stored.
Investigators tested the ice cream stick for DNA and catalogued the results. In January 2012, investigators got an alert that a sample from Dewayne Haag, who was serving time for various breaking and entering convictions, matched the DNA on the ice cream stick.
Police contacted Haag, 44, in September 2012 to get a fresh DNA sample but he refused, telling police he was innocent because he makes sure he doesn't leave evidence behind, The Bay City Times reported.
Police eventually obtained a new DNA sample from Haag after obtaining a search warrant and after the results came back, authorities issued a warrant for Haag in July 2014.
Haag was arraigned last week on one count of breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny. A preliminary exam was scheduled for Aug. 27.
Haag has a lengthy rap sheet with crimes committed across the state, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. He has prior convictions for breaking and entering, safe breaking, armed robbery and assault with intent to rob while armed.
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