Criminals Could Potentially Catch a Break From Hurricane Sandy

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New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly holds a news conference at Police Headquarters May 24, 2012 in in New York City. Kelly announced the arrest of Pedro Hernandez, who police say confessed to the 1979 killing of six-year-old Etan Patz.
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Buildings used to store NYPD evidence, including DNA samples, were among those damaged during Hurricane Sandy, Ray Kelly announced today, although it's too soon for the city's underworld to start celebrating. "We're still trying to sort through this and assess the total damage," he explained, opting not to describe whether the facilities, including one in Greenpoint, were holding evidence for forthcoming trials or past convictions. Asked whether the flooding will affect pending cases, he said, "We'll see."