It seems that the shrinking cost of certain technologies has enabled local law enforcement to put DNA testing to work in solving more routine crimes. DNA testing was recently used to connect a young Lincoln City man with trespassing at the old Rose Lodge School and breaking out windows and other vandalism.
Deputy David Hawley was dispatched to a burglary at the old Rose School in Otis after a realtor, showing the property to a potential buyer, discovered a door open and a number of windows broken out in the building. Deputy Hawley collected several pieces of evidence, one piece in particular that he thought might yield a DNA link to the human source.
The evidence was submitted for DNA testing at the Oregon State Police Crime Lab. Test results directly linked the DNA tested to the actual DNA of Robert Kroff, 21, of Lincoln City, DNA from whom had been acquired earlier from frequent contact with law enforcement, including the burglary of a Kirtsis Park concession stand in April of last year. Deputy Hawley reports that an investigation revealed that Kroff had trespassed on the old school property and had broken windows there. Kroff was contacted and was cited and released for Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass. Another suspect, a juvenile, was also cited for Criminal Trespass