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Cops: DNA Led to Freeport Burglary Arrest

Long Island Press,
BYLINE: Patrick Kelton

Nassau County, NY

Nassau police arrested a 27-year-old Freeport man on Tuesday afternoon using DNA evidence that connected him to allegedly burglarizing a series of businesses in his hometown starting five years ago.

Juan Lora was arraigned on four counts of burglary at First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday.

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First Squad detectives say Lora broke into JR Grocery on Church Street on Aug. 29, 2005, Liza’s Deli on East Merrick Road on Sept. 25, 2005 and Nov. 4, 2007, as well as Street Dreams on South Main Street on March 19, 2008.

In each case, Lora threw a rock through a front glass door, entered the store and stole the cash register with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.

In the first three cases, Lora left blood evidence at the scene, which was matched with Lora’s DNA through the Department of Forensic Genetics DNA Laboratory, police said.

Lora was apprehended at the New York State Parole Office in Hempstead.

He is on parole after completing a prison sentence in November 2009 for attempted burglary.
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