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DNA Evidence Links Teen To Car Stolen Out Of Newtown

An arrest was made in a stolen car case from Newtown in January 2016.
An arrest was made in a stolen car case from Newtown in January 2016. Photo Credit: Newtown Police Department

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A teenager who is serving a five-year term in prison was linked to the theft of a car in Newtown through DNA evidence, police said.

The suspect, 19-year-old Samuel Lopez, was arrested Thursday by Newtown police detectives on an outstanding arrest warrant at Danbury Superior Court. He was charged with second-degree larceny.

Lopez and a yet to be named accomplice were tied to the theft of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra from a home on Swamp Road in Newtown back in January 2016, police said.

The car was found abandoned in Waterbury shortly after the theft. It was processed for physical evidence.

Through DNA evidence collected from the interior of the stolen vehicle, Lopez was identified as a suspect, police said.

Lopez was held at Danbury Superior Court pending arraignment.

He is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for an unrelated robbery.

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