DNA used to convict sophisticated thief of 8 break-ins
For five years Cary Preston evaded police capture in a series of sophisticated commercial break and enters.
Preston’s luck finally ran out, thanks to determined police and his unmistakable DNA, a court heard Monday.
“But for the dogged work of Winnipeg police it’s unlikely any of these break and enters would have been solved,” Crown attorney Chris Vanderhooft said.
Preston, 34, pleaded guilty to eight commercial break and enters dating back to 2002 and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Police arrested him in November 2007 after he and another man broke into the Riverside Inn and stole $13,000 in cash. Court heard the men cut holes in the walls, allowing them to move freely within the building without triggering the security alarm, and disabled a motion sensor.
Police had been following Preston after identifying him as a suspect in an attempted break and enter two weeks earlier. Police obtained a tracking warrant and affixed a GPS tracking device to his truck.
Released on bail, Preston broke into a Portage Avenue Tim Hortons restaurant on Christmas Day, the one day of the year it was closed. Again, Preston disabled the restaurant’s security system and stole $3,700 in cash. The tracking device was still attached to Preston’s truck when police pulled him over south of the city the following day and arrested him.
While in custody, police matched Preston’s DNA to six unsolved commercial break and enters. In three of the break and enters, Preston cut himself on a saw or other break-in tool, leaving drops of blood behind.
Preston is a “professional career criminal” and should expect to receive maximum and consecutive sentences should he ever appear before court again, said Justice Albert Clearwater.
Preston received double credit for time served, reducing his remaining sentence to 27 months.
The US puts WAY too many people in prison, modeling anything off their failed system is NOT the way to go. There must be other alternatives that can be explored.
A 'Professional criminal' would not be that careless, get cut by glass and leave traces of blood. Sophisticated break-ins does not involve the use of a crow bar, nor puting tape over motion sensors. Finally, professionals would not get caught by the WPS.
Nothing in this story sounds sophisticated or professional. He went through our catch and release system and hasn't exactly been evasive. Used a crowbar and left DNA everywhere. A real pro.