Analysis of DNA evidence found at the scene of a July 27, 2006 residential burglary has implicated a 49-year-old man, Tracy Nelson, as the suspect in a series of San Francisco residential burglaries. The victims, two San Francisco clothing designers, had several of their designs stolen. Searching secondhand stores, the victims located some of their clothing of unique design. While the two victims were explaining to the shop employees that these particular items had been stolen from them, the suspect telephoned the shop to offer more clothing for sale. The clerk relayed this to the victims, who contacted police. When Nelson showed up at the shop, police arrested him. Unable to prove at the time that Nelson was responsible for the burglary, he was charged only with possessing stolen property and was released on bail.
In November, 2006, after a rash of similar residential burglaries, Nelson again became a suspect. On November 28, 2006, after leaving a residence that he had allegedly burglarized, Nelson was followed by his victims and arrested by police. He was charged with the November 28, 2006 burglary and a residential burglary on June 28, 2006.
As a result of analyzed DNA evidence collected in the July 27, 2006 burglary and eyewitness accounts, Nelson has been charged with three counts of first-degree burglary.
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