GROVER BEACH — A robbery occurred over a year ago on January 9, 2016, at Laurel Lane Liquor on 1291 Laurel Lane.
Officers arrived and did not find the suspect. However, they did find a face mask and toy gun that the suspect dropped as he fled the store.
In April of last year, investigators began working with the DNA evidence left behind. A DNA profile was swabbed from the face mask.
Then, in February of this year, the Department of Justice lab matched the DNA found on the mask with that of 34-year-old Benjamin Genova of Grover Beach.
Finally, on April 26, police arrested Genova at his house and charged him with burglary and attempted robbery. His bail was set at $25,000.
SLOPD says, “This arrest should serve as a reminder that the Police Department continues to work cases even when an extended period of time has passed.”