Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief with the help of a dead mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle. Police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis, and the DNA matched the man on the Police Register.

Mosquito blood ‘identifies thief’

Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief from a DNA sample taken from a mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle.

Finding the car in Seinaejoki, north of Helsinki, police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis.

The DNA found from laboratory tests matched a man on the police register.

The suspect denies stealing the car and says he was just hitch-hiking a lift with a man.

The car was stolen in June in the town of Lapua, some 380km (235 miles) north of the Finnish capital, the AFP news agency reports.

It was recovered several weeks later in Seinaejoki, about 25km from where it disappeared.

Sakari Palomaeki, the police inspector in charge of the… Continue Reading (1 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief with the help of a dead mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle. Police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis, and the DNA matched the man on the Police Register.”

  1. brock_lee

    Circumstantial. “My client was bitten by numerous mosquitoes that evening and one could have flown into the car.”

  2. Ace676

    I like the line

    > Finding the car in Seinaejoki, north of Helsinki,

    Yeah, I mean it is north of Helsinki. But it’s almost 400 kilometers (some ~250 miles) north of Helsinki. Wording it like that makes it look like it’s right near instead.

    Like saying something was in Newcastle, north of London. Or that something is in New York, north east of Washington DC.

  3. sharkzfan95

    Meanwhile, my house was broken into in Washington state and roughly $10k worth of property stolen.

    The police said they have finger prints, but wouldn’t run them because it wasn’t worth the time.

  4. coffin_nails_

    Imagine getting snitched on by a bug

  5. MuppetManiac

    There is no way cops in my area would use this much of their resources just to convict a car thief.

  6. ChaoticGoodTath

    This happened in 2008

  7. No-Pizda-For-You

    The Poliisi, or Finnish National Police regularly kills mosquitoes.

    This usually involves RAID, carried out by the…SWAT team

  8. Larein

    [In 2018 finnish police arrested a student because his DNA had been found on glove that was dropped by robber armed with a knife.](https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11811155) (Sorry, only finnish.)

    The student wasn’t the robber. He had never met the robber or the robber him. But his DNA was on pair of un used gloves the robber dropped on the floor. But he did use the same escalator as the robber during the day of the robbery. He got his DNA on the the escalator, which then was picked up the hand of the robber and then transplanted on to the un used gloves the robber had just stolen.

    So DNA at the crime scene might not mean you have ever been there.

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