On April 26, 2018, the Cobourg Police responded to a residential break and enter just north of the downtown core where the suspect broke into a home and stole a safe. Cobourg Police Scenes of Crime Officers attended and processed the scene.
On that same day Cobourg Police investigated a theft of a motor vehicle and subsequently located the vehicle abandoned. Again, Cobourg Police Service Scenes of Crimes Officers attended and processed the vehicle.
The collected samples from both scenes were sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto to be processed. A DNA profile was generated and a positive match to a known offender on the DNA Databank was made, linking him to both scenes.
The Cobourg Police completed further investigation relating to the DNA matches and on April 25, 2019, located and arrested 27 year old, Baltimore resident, Andrew Christian DRYSDALE, charging him with the following Criminal Code Offences:
- Break and enter Commit Indictable Offence Criminal Code section 348(1)
- Theft Under Criminal Code section 322(1)(a)
- Motor Vehicle Theft Criminal Code section 333.1
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under Criminal Code section 354(1)(a)
- Fail to Comply Probation Criminal Code section 733.1(1) x 4
DRYSDALE was released on a Promise to Appear with conditions requiring him to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in May, 2019.
About Scenes of Crime Officer
Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO) are special constables that have been specifically trained to exam a crime scene under the supervision of a Forensics Identification Officer. Their duties include dusting for fingerprints, taking photographs, collecting swabs, while maintaining a secure scene.