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Generally, in California, the statute of limitations for filing charges for burglary is three years. Failing to bring charges within the statute of limitations would normally bar the state from prosecuting the alleged crime.

Monterey police suspect a person has been committing a series of burglaries. Police have no idea of the identity of the person who police believe has committed a violation of the California burglary law on a number of occasions. Although police have no idea who may have been involved in the alleged incidents, law enforcement has obtained a "John Doe" warrant based upon a DNA profile.

According to Sgt. Bill Clark, it it's the first case where DNA evidence has been used in Monterey County to obtain a warrant. In January, the California Supreme Court upheld the use of a "John Doe" warrant in a case arising in 1994.

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