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New London teen charged with theft, caught by DNA evidence

WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old New London teen made his first court appearance Thursday on a felony theft charge and a misdemeanor property damage charge for allegedly stealing and damaging a snowmobile last March.

According to the complaint against Jake Andrew Doty, DNA evidence recovered from blood on the sled's damage windshield and on a stocking cap found where the machine had been run through a barbed wire fence matched DNA collected from him by search warrant.

Doty's next appearance is Sept. 6 in Kandiyohi County District Court. He was released on his personal recognizance.

According to the complaint, a rural Spicer resident reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office on March 12 that two snowmobiles had been taken from his residence. One had been returned, with a broken windshield. The other sled was located at another property. The value of both was estimated at $1,250. The damage to the windshield was estimated at $120.

DNA blood evidence was collected from the windshield and clothing items found near where the barbed wire fence was damaged.

A woman reported that Doty told her that he'd gotten cuts on his face and neck, some that required stitches, by running a snowmobile through a fence. Doty denied taking either of the snowmobiles when questioned by investigators.

Investigators were granted a search warrant to collect DNA from Doty, which was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

BCA results showed that Doty's DNA matched all four items sent to the agency for analysis.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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