Police tracked down a suspected home burglar from DNA off an ax found at the scene of a break-in last year, authorities said Friday.
Matthew Pickering, 28, was arrested in connection with the theft of five firearms from a Covina home in December.
He allegedly used an ax to break in, police said.
That ax was recovered from the home and a crime lab made the DNA connection to the suspect, police said in a statement.
During the arrest, police got into a standoff with the suspect Thursday at his Lake Elsinore home, police said.
A search turned up no firearms, authorities said.
Pickering was booked into in jail on charges of residential burglary and resisting or delaying officers.
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Police are asking anyone with information about the stolen firearms to call 626-384-5616.