Crime & Courts

4 years later, fingerprints result in Lincoln County arrest

Lincoln County sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Posey responded to a breaking-and-entering call on April 8, 2010, and took fingerprints from the scene.

On Monday, the work paid off. A Lincolnton man was arrested in the case, after a national database made a link between the fingerprints and the suspect.

Jordan Andres Suarez, 23, of Lincolnton was arrested this week and charged with breaking and entering a building, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and larceny after breaking and entering.

Posey, now a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, responded to the April 2010 call at a residence in the 1800 block of Logan Lane in Denver. A woman said she forgot to lower her garage door and discovered the next morning that her purse had been moved and the glove box opened.

Someone had taken two containers of prescription painkillers and $50 in cash, authorities said. Posey was able to lift fingerprints and had them entered in the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The FBI made a match in recent days, leading to the arrest.

“I have always believed that if we process all crime scenes, no matter how small, it may pay off in the end with huge dividends such as this,” Sheriff David Carpenter said.