A bloody towel left behind by a thief in Beersheba more than a year ago led to his arrest this week, police said Tuesday.
DNA taken from the towel was recently matched with a suspect's DNA in the police's central database, leading to the arrest, Negev police spokesman Tamair Avtari added.
"Even if a long time passes after an offense, the police's growing technological abilities means old crimes can now be solved," he said.
The investigation began in 2010, when Beersheba police received a report of a home burglary. A crime scene investigator was sent to the apartment, as is standard practice, to figure out how the offense was committed, and collect any forensic evidence left behind, such as fibers, fingerprints, footprints, and DNA samples.