Police: New DNA law leads to arrest in January trailer theft case

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

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

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

The Star Press of Muncie reported Wright faced 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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