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By Breyana Segura
The enforced mask mandate across the nation left many with mixed feelings and often hindered the identification of suspects in crimes, but not in this case.
Pearsall police were able to crack a nine-month-old case this week after investigators matched DNA from a mask that the intruder had left behind.
According to police reports, a storage shed behind a home on Joey Street was burglarized in late August. The homeowner reported that a number of high-priced yard tools and hand tools had been taken from his locked building.
The suspect, now identified as Torre Leal, had allegedly gained entry to the storage shed by removing wall paneling.
“He left a great piece of indisputable evidence,” Lt. Michael Guerrero said. “We ask victims to be patient with us. We send the DNA off to the crime lab and it can take a while to get back.”
A warrant will be issued for Leal’s arrest, according to the police department.
“The department is currently waiting for approximately eight other results that we have submitted,” the lieutenant said. “We hope that the results will provide answers so we can bring justice to victims.”