DNA evidence seized by Regional police solves a crime.

Crime 100By Staff

April 16th, 2019



This isn’t a Burlington crime story but it does give us a look at the tools the Regional police have at their disposal.

We hear about the use of DNA evidence on television programs – learning that the Regional police actually do get to use DNA data in the solving of crimes.

DNA room

The new Regional Police headquarters has better facilities enabling to do better police work.

On February 22, 2019, the Halton Regional police responded to a residence on Sheddon Avenue in Oakville for a report of a stolen vehicle.

Several days later, a member of the public noticed an abandoned vehicle in the same area. Officers responded again and located a vehicle stolen from the City of Brampton. Members of the Forensic Identification Bureau conducted an examination of the second vehicle and seized DNA evidence.

As a result, the Center of Forensic Science later confirmed that the sample belonged to Alex Payne (26) of Toronto. The Halton Regional Police arrested Payne on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Payne was taken to the Oakville station where he was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

The investigation is on-going and members of the public who may have further information pertaining to these crimes are encouraged to contact Detective Omar Nadim of the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 905-825-4747 ext. 2278.

Accused: Alex Payne (26) of Toronto
Charges: Theft of Motor Vehicle & Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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