When Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says "We even find you when you're dead," he's not kidding.
Evidence in a March copper theft - namely, a bloody hand print left at the scene - led police to Matthew Sproul, 28, of Northeast Philadelphia, after the analysis was returned from a state police lab Friday, Chitwood said.
A subsequent check on Sproul's driver's license led police to his grave, Chitwood said.
Sproul had died of a drug overdose June 19, more than three months after he allegedly stole a substantial amount of copper tubing - including a water meter - from a house that was being renovated on Albemarle Avenue near Marshall in Upper Darby, police said. Chitwood believes like many copper thefts, this one was committed to support Sproul's drug habit.