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DNA Links San Clemente Man to Walmart Robbery

Posted by Courtney Pilchman | Aug 01, 2012 | 0 Comments

On March 16, 2010, a Walmart store was robbed by a man wearing hoodie and baseball hat. According to law enforcement officials, the man brought something into the store that was later collected and analyzed for prints or DNA. Unfortunately, at the time there was no match in the DNA database.

A break in the case came when Timothy Thornburt, 46, was arrested for a drug charge and part of the booking process required a DNA swab of the mouth. It turns out, the DNA taken from Thornburg matched the DNA collected from the Walmart robbery.

Orange County prosecutors are likely to add the robbery charge to any pending drug possession charge Thornburg is currently facing. Should he be charge, Thornburg is also looking at a gun enhancement which could carry a 10 year sentence.

No word yet on if Thornburg has a court date or what Orange County Criminal Defense attorney is representing him.

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Courtney Pilchman

Courtney Pilchman was a Deputy District Attorney for over six years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including crimes against children, family violence, and sexual assault. She prosecuted very high profile cases and had a ...


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