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DNA evidence links GG man to crimes

A GARDEN GROVE was charge Friday with several crimes after DNA evidence linked him to the incidents.

A 26-year-old Garden Grove man was charged Friday with two felony offenses and three misdemeanors after a DNA search connected him to several thefts.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, David Navor Andrade faces up to nine years and four months in state prison for second degree commercial burglary and forgery, as well as identity theft, mail theft and receiving stolen property.

Additionally, there are sentencing enhancements for crimes allegedly committed while he was out on bail, as well as a prior conviction for vehicle theft in 2016.

The Rapid DNA program helps police find suspects by comparing evidence – in this case, blood – from a crime scene within two hours. On Dec. 6. Andrade allegedly broke the glass door of a business in Garden Grove, taking $220 in cash, a box of checks and four external computer hard drives.

Police were summoned and found collected blood, which matched the existing DNA profile of Andrade, who was arrested on Wednesday (Dec. 27) at the North Justice Center in Fullerton after his court appearance for possession of a controlled substance.

He allegedly was in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill and a variety of stolen property including a passport, check stubs and two Louis Vuitton handbags at his home.

In addition to the Dec. 6 break-in, he’s accused of stealing a vehicle in Garden Grove on May 9, 2017 and stealing a vehicle in Orange on July 26, 2017 and fleeing from police while under the influence.

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