Can you be charged with theft with only a pinky print?

My son is being charged with theft from a motor vehicle and they say they have only his pinky print.

Asked on September 19, 2016 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes--a single fingerprint can be enough to show that someone was the thief. For example:say the car did not belong to a friend or family member of his, so there is no innoecent reason why his pinky print would be in it. The car was stolen, and when recovered, had his print: under those circumstances, the presence of his print in the car is strong evidence he is the one who stole it.

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