Gum DNA helps crack cold case

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - September 18, 2008

Authorities in Minnesota report cracking a cold case -- thanks to DNA on chewed gum.

According to court documents, Dairo Giraldo-Soto is charged in a Lakeville jewel robbery three years ago.

The gum was found covering the ignition of a jewelry salesman's rental car.

Investigators say while the salesman was trying to start his car, someone grabbed $300,000 worth of jewels.

Police sent the gum to a crime lab for analysis, and Giraldo-Soto's name came up this June.

He's serving a five-year prison sentence in Missouri on another case.

The missing jewels have never been found.

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