DNA used to solve Biloxi burglary

Briceson Haskins (Photo courtesy Biloxi Police Dept.)
Briceson Haskins (Photo courtesy Biloxi Police Dept.)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi police say it's a first in their city - DNA tests helped solve a burglary.

Last October, when a Pass Road business was burglarized, investigators had very few leads. That was until Gulfport Police arrested Briceson Haskins for a similar crime.

DNA from Haskins matched up with microscopic evidence left behind at the Biloxi crime scene. Police say test results show the odds are one in 754.7 quadrillion that someone other than Briceson Haskins committed the Biloxi burglary.

Haskins now faces burglary charges in both Biloxi and Gulfport. Police say in both cases, Haskins entered the buildings by cutting holes in the rooftops.

Because of the expense, DNA testing is normally reserved for violent crimes. But Biloxi police say without the DNA testing, the Biloxi burglary probably would have never been solved.

Haskins is being held by the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Biloxi Police expect him to be formally charged by the grand jury in the near future.