Robbery in 2007 Solved With DNA Evidence

Police Crime Scene

An arrest has been made in robbery from 2007 using DNA evidence that was collected at the scene at the time of the incident.

Officers investigating this robbery in 2007 located a balaclava near the scene. The item was submitted to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for DNA analysis. At that time a profile was created but there was no match.

In the fall of 2013 the National DNA Databank notified the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service that they had made a positive hit in relation to the DNA submitted from the robbery.

As a result of this a warrant for one count of robbery was requested for 28-year old Jean-Claude Paquette of 1713 Queen Street Unit #6, Sault Ste. Marie. The accused turned himself in this morning and will appear in bail court.

News Release from February 9, 2007

Just after 8 pm last evening a lone male entered Algoma Auto Sales on Great Northern Road and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money. A lone male believed to be in his late teens, entered the store, produced a handgun and demanded the money. The employee was not harmed in the incident. The suspect fled on foot headed southbound towards McNabb Street. The male is described as being approximately 5’10” with a thin build. He was wearing a black mask, a red sweater, dark pants and also had a dark hood on his head. If you have any information regarding this robbery contact City Police at 949-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 942-7867.