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Crime Trackers: Forensics and DNA testing aid truck theft investigation

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TUCSON - Arizona is considered among the worst states in the nation for auto theft. The thieves are mainly targeting trucks.

In any parking lot, Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge pickup trucks are in demand by consumers and thieves.

“This case is going to rely forensics and DNA,” said Detective Jorge Morales.

Morales is going over this truck, swabbing it for DNA.

“What we want to do is one swab and one dry swab,” he said. “We send them both [swabs] to get a DNA profile made and then we compare it.”

This truck was stolen from a residence on Monday, July 13. The owner however is from Wilcox. The thieves used a screw driver or some sort of tool and punched the ignition. It probably took the thieves three minutes to finish the job.

A cup and a hat could be the key to finding the thieves. Deputies chased and tasered two men who ran from them.

“They don't like police and they had warrants for their arrest,” said Morales.

Detectives can't put them behind the wheel, but their DNA just might. It will be compared with what's found in the trucks.

“I submitted a work order to get the forensics process and we're also going to be submitting the DNA for testing,” said Morales.

Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies located this truck with another one that was stolen on Tuesday, just outside of Phoenix. Chances are both were heading south.

“Most of the time they are going to Mexico,” said Morales. “The auto theft task force tries to intercept them before they go into Mexico and they get them in outbound lane if they can.”

Detectives said the vehicles are mostly used to traffic drugs and people. In this case, detectives found crystal meth in the center console.

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