Drop of blood leads authorities to Pasadena theft suspect
A man who nicked himself on a cash box during a heist left enough blood for agents to nab him using his DNA profile and link him to a dozen burglaries, Pasadena police said.
Gregory B. Shanks, 48, is one of two suspected thieves arrested this week by Pasadena police. In a separate case, Daniel Ingle, 28, is accused in unsolved metal thefts at a vacant business. Both remain in the Harris County Jail.
Shanks, of Pasadena, is charged with two counts of burglary of a building and had no bail set because he has been free on bond in a Houston burglary arrest in December. Ingle, also of Pasadena, faces one theft of precious metal charge and is being held on $15,000 bail.
Since August, at least 12 burglaries have occurred in Pasadena in which the offender "spun" a dead bolt lock with a pair of channel locks on a door to gain entry, according to Pasadena Police Department news release.
The typical businesses were restaurants, nails salons and at least one martial arts studio. The items stolen were primarily flat-screen televisions, microwave ovens, various other electronic items and cash.
In a recent case, the investigating patrol officer obtained blood from a scene where the thief cut himself on a cash box. In December, the FBI matched the sample to Shanks. He was arrested Tuesday in Houston.
Police say Shanks traded the stolen items for crack cocaine in Houston. Pasadena authorities also recovered two microwaves, $1,800 in cash, a handgun and jewelry worth $1,000 — all believed taken in a Deer Park burglary.
Police received information last week leading to Ingle, who was caught Wednesday. He was found "stripping copper" from a vacant business in the 2900 block of San Augustine, according to police.
Ingle had been targeting the same business several times over the last two months, taking electrical wiring and air conditioner coils made of copper, police said.
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