Police free Berlin theft suspects as they have identical DNA

March 19th, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Berlin, March 19 (DPA) Identical twins arrested on suspicion of burgling Berlin’s famous KaDeWe department store have been released because investigators cannot tell their DNA apart, justice officials said Wednesday.
DNA found at the scene was traced to one of the 27-year-old brothers, but police cannot tell which one because their genetic makeup is virtually the same, the Berlin prosecutors office said.

The two men were taken into custody last month on suspicion of stealing jewellery and watches worth millions of euros from the store Jan 27. Police are still searching for a third man.

None of the valuables has been found.

“A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said the suspects’ DNA is virtually identical and impossible to differentiate between using current methods of testing.”

Other evidence turned up by police during their inquiries failed to determine whether one or both of the brothers was at the scene. Police said they were continuing their investigations.

The KaDeWe, or Kaufhaus des Westens, is a popular tourist attraction in Berlin.

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