The police in St James are celebrating a breakthrough into a million dollar theft ring that spans across several parishes, thanks to the use of a fingerprint system.

The police reported that between June and July of this year, criminals broke into a construction company in St James and made off with items valued at over $1 million.

The owners of the company had no idea where to locate the stolen items, sources told Loop News.

A report was made to police on July 27 and the crime scene was processed, during which latent fingerprints were found.

Police reported that with the use of an automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS), by early September a suspect – Vaughn Davis – was identified.

According to detectives, the suspect was found to be a taxi operator from Westmoreland.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged.

The police said after he was presented with the evidence that investigators were able to collect using AFIS technology, the suspect admitted to involvement in the incident, and took the police to a garage in Lilliput, St James, where most of the stolen items were recovered.

Further checks by the police resulted in some other stolen items being recovered in several other areas, including a location in St Ann.

Davis was taken to court on Wednesday, and was remanded in custody until October 11.

The police have cited the development as a significant boost to the push for more technological applications in crime fighting locally.

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