Decade-old DNA match leads to 9 break-in charges for Vancouver man

Apr 5 2017, 9:36 pm

A 52-year-old Vancouver man has been charged in relation to a series of break-ins more than a decade ago.

Between 2005 and 2006, at least 11 break-and-enters were recorded on Vancouver’s West Side, the thief often smashing windows and skylights to enter the homes and steal items.

At the time of those investigations, police collected DNA evidence from the crime scenes – but it wasn’t until another break-in last year that they found a match.

Based on a DNA sample that was submitted to a lab in May last year, VPD investigators have been able to identify a suspect and gather additional evidence.

The suspect, Darcy Paul Knape, has been arrested and remains in custody, charged with nine counts of break-and-enter.

The investigation into the other break-and-enters continues.

In a release, VPD Constable Jason Doucette said modern-day science was helping police make a difference, but there were measures residents can take to help too.

“We also rely on residents to record their property’s serial numbers and unique features to increase the chance of getting their property back if it’s stolen,” said Doucette.

“It also increases the odds a thief may be arrested and charged if they are caught with that property.”