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Beer break may lead to burglary charges for Fairfax man

Burglary can be hard, tiring work. After you've broken into a restaurant by prying open a roof vent, then done some more prying inside the business, you've worked up a thirst.

That's when one Fairfax County man decided it was time for a few cold beers, county police said. But he left his DNA on the bottles, and now he may face charges.

The burglary occurred at the El Paso Restaurant, on Commerce Street in Springfield, last August. The intruder entered through a roof vent, then pried open several cash registers and forced his way into a rear office, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Monday in Fairfax circuit court by Fairfax Detective Philip Edwards.

The burglar also availed himself of "several Corona beers in bottles," Edwards wrote, and left one empty bottle inside the office he'd broken into. Edwards sent the bottle to the crime lab for DNA examination.

It took until last week for a result, but DNA from the bottle hit on someone already in the system, according to Edwards' affidavit. That person, Jairo Henrique Reyes, was not hard to find: He is currently in the Fairfax jail for another burglary, allegedly committed last July.

The search warrant was to take another DNA sample from Reyes, to see if it matches with the crime scene DNA. Reyes has not been charged with the El Paso break-in yet.

-- Tom Jackmanem>

By Tom Jackman  |  April 20, 2010; 7:03 AM ET
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Detective Edwards has got to be the greatest crime solver of the year! A break in at a Mexican restaurant, empty Coronas, and the suspect is already in jail! Adn is of course, hispanic. Brilliant work. My 9-yr old could figure this out

Posted by: anaislynne | April 20, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"Beer. Is there anything it can't do?" Homer J. Simpson

Posted by: CubsFan | April 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Alcohol. The cause of, and solution to all of life's problems" - H.J.S

Posted by: kenk3 | April 20, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Hooray Beer, even if it's something skanky like Corona !

Posted by: grasonvilleed | April 20, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Note this used DNA testing for a simple burglary. In DC, DNA testing is almost never done as we do not have a crime lab nor do we contract such a service out. The Betts murderers probably left DNA all over, but we may never know who they are due to this one glaring inadequacy of DC law enforcement. Thank you Mendelson and Fenty!

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | April 20, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Note this used DNA testing for a simple burglary. In DC, DNA testing is almost never done as we do not have a crime lab nor do we contract such a service out. The Betts murderers probably left DNA all over, but we may never know who they are due to this one glaring inadequacy of DC law enforcement. Thank you Mendelson and Fenty!

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | April 20, 2010 10:46 AM
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I understand what you are trying to say, but what if the person(s) was never arrested thus their DNA not being in the system. Would you want your DNA taking if you got a drinking while in public charge?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

They should collect a sample of everyone's DNA at birth - right along with the baby's footprint.

Posted by: ms1234 | April 20, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Who would pass up free Coronas?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 20, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

PublicEnemy1, there is no one perfect solution, but a DNA database is part of the overall crime fighting effort, one DC fails at. Do you think the Betts murder(ers) really got started by covertly killing a man inside his home? I doubt it, my guess is the killer(s) has been in trouble since roughly the age of 5 and has an extremely long record in DYRS and, if old enough, with "adult" Superior Court. Of course, we will probably never know...

Did you know we apparently have 50,000 untested rape kits in DC? How can we even look ourselves in the mirror when we actively support such evil?

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | April 20, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Woops, correction to my previous, 3000 untested rape kits, not 50,000. See:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/D_C_-safe-haven-for-rapists-8723479-80746892.html

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | April 20, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The only problem with your complaint about the DC crime lab is that the Betts murder is the responsibility of the Montgomery County PD.

Posted by: Number31 | April 20, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Number31, the SUV owned by Betts was found in DC and he was a principal in DC. My money says the perps are DC residents who have a relatively long and violent criminal history. If DC had a crime lab or did basic testing like surrounding jurisdictions, and most jurisdictions in the country, the guys would very likely already be in a database. Thus, taking one of their hairs or such from the SUV would possibly yield a match, as in the above story. Right now we can only hope they were arrested and sampled in Montgomery at some point.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | April 21, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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