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DNA on straw leads to bank robbery conviction
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Federal prosecutors say a straw led to a guilty plea from an ex-con who committed a string of credit union robberies in Kalamazoo.

Edward Bowen, 48, pleaded guilty Monday to three robberies last year. In fact, he robbed the same place twice, the Preferred Credit Union in Kalamazoo, once in May 2014 and again in June 2015.

Investigators say in the second Preferred Credit Union robbery, Bowen had a cup with a straw, which he left near the scene. They were able to get a DNA sample from the straw and matched it to Bowen's DNA, which was in a national crime database from a 1996 conviction for assault with intent to murder. They were also able to get Bowen's fingerprint from the cup.

Bowen is now facing up to 25 years in prison.


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