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Police use DNA to track down suspect in 2011 armed robbery

Published 4:30 pm, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  • Derek Forsythe, 26, formerly of Weston, was charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny in connection with the 2011 armed robbery of the Merit Country Store after police said they matched his DNA with the robbery suspect's. Photo: Westport Police Department / Westport News
    Derek Forsythe, 26, formerly of Weston, was charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny in connection with the 2011 armed robbery of the Merit Country Store after police said they matched his DNA with the robbery suspect's. Photo: Westport Police Department

 

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The suspect in a 2011 armed robbery was arrested Tuesday, tracked down by investigators using DNA detected on a shirt and mask used during the hold-up and later found discarded on the road, according to police.

Derek Forsythe, 26, whose last known address was 73 Georgetown Road, Weston, was charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny.

Forsythe was arrested Tuesday after DNA obtained on the shirt and mask worn by the robber of the Merit Country Store, 337 Main St., at about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 29, 2011, was matched with his DNA, police said.

The state's forensic laboratory advised local police that DNA on the items matched a known offender in the Combined DNA Index System data base, the police report states.

A search warrant was obtained for samples of Forsythe's DNA and further testing confirmed the results of the initial test, police said.

Forsythe, held in lieu of $35,000 court-set bond, is currently incarcerated on several unrelated charges, according to police.

He was arraigned Tuesday after detectives served the arrest warrant in Norwalk Superior Court.