Thief suspect makes impressions on big TVs

An alleged burglar accused of stealing two large-screen TVs from a Central Whidbey home was identified through fingerprints, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged Joyce Ruma, 26, of Oak Harbor in Island County Superior Court March 7 with burglary, second-degree theft and third-degree malicious mischief. She pleaded not guilty March 21.

Deputy Chris Garden with the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated the burglary reported Oct. 27, 2010. A neighbor of a Nimitz Drive home discovered the break-in after noticing the front door was opened. The owner of the house was on vacation at the time.

Garden discovered that two flat-screen televisions were missing from the home. He searched outside the house and found handprints where someone had apparently tried to access the house through bedroom windows.

The department’s evidence technician was able to lift the prints and sent them to the Washington State Patrol crime lab for processing. The lab analyzed the latent impression and identified them as belonging to Ruma, according to the crime laboratory report.

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