Latent fingerprints lead to burglary suspect

Fingerprints led to charges against a man accused of burglarizing a Langley home two years ago, according to court documents.

The case represents a somewhat unusual example in the county of forensic evidence leading to a suspect who hadn’t been previously tied to the crime, though the process took many months.

Prosecutors charged Greenbank resident Jason M. Abrahamson, 36, in Island County Superior Court Aug. 5 with residential burglary and theft in the second degree.

On April 19, 2017, a neighbor of a vacation home on Bells Lane reported that she noticed that a sliding door was open and a screen was on the ground. Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office looked inside the house and saw that drawers in every room were open and contents of closets were strewn about, according to a deputy’s report on the incident.

A deputy lifted latent fingerprints from a kitchen window that had pry marks.

The owner of the home later informed deputies that two televisions, a CD player, binoculars, an air rifle and a bag filled with family photos were stolen.

Months later, the state crime lab identified the prints as belonging to Abrahamson, the report states. A deputy went to his home but found that he was being held in a jail.

If convicted of the charges, Abrahamson could face from five to seven years in prison under the standard sentencing range. A criminal record increases the sentencing range.

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