DNA evidence leads to arrest in 3-year-old burglary

BYLINE: Marc Fortier -

Billerica, MA

LONDONDERRY — A man police say broke into a Nashua Road gas station 31 years ago was arrested last week based on DNA evidence recovered at the scene of the burglary.

Andrew Dufresne, 37, of 40 Foch St., Manchester, was arrested Friday by Londonderry officers at the Middlesex County Jail in Billerica, Mass., upon completion of a sentence on unrelated charges.

He was charged with burglary and released on personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in Derry District Court.

According to police, on the morning of Dec. 21, 2005, an employee from the Luk Oil station at 6 Nashua Road in Londonderry reported a burglary. A glass window had been broken and money was stolen from a safe.

Whoever entered had apparently cut themselves on the broken glass, and left blood behind at the scene, according to a police affidavit. The blood evidence was collected and sent to the state lab for analysis.

In August 2007, the state lab notified Londonderry police that the DNA profile from the blood evidence matched Dufresne, who was already imprisoned in Massachusetts.

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