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Blood Left Behind at Burglary Last Year Used to Identify Suspect

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Investigators tracked down a burglary suspect using DNA evidence from blood left on shards of broken window at a recycling center on the outskirts of Santa Rosa last year, sheriff’s officials said today. The burglary was reported at about 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 3, 2013, at the Computer Recycling Center at 3227 Santa Rosa Ave., according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies found the chain link fence of the business had been cut with bolt cutters and a window of the building had been broken. The only item stolen was an Apple iMac computer, sheriff’s officials said. Investigators found blood on shards of the broken window and sent it to the U.S. Department of Justice for testing. On Nov. 24 of this year, the Justice Department finally returned the results of the test, identifying Santa Rosa resident Carl Joseph Grear, 36, as a suspect.

Grear was arrested at about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday in the 3500 block of Brooks Road in Santa Rosa. He had five outstanding warrants for traffic and theft cases, sheriff’s officials said. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail under $155,000 bail on suspicion of commercial burglary and the warrants. He will be appear in court Friday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said.

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