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Brandon Melvin Spencer Convicted of Robbing Going Green Marijuana Dispensary Rebooked on Separate Residential Burglary

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A San Rafael man who was serving a robbery sentence in the Marin County Jail was rebooked in the jail for a separate residential burglary after his DNA was found on broken glass at the burgled residence, a Marin County sheriff’s lieutenant said. Brandon Melvin Spencer, 20, was serving time in the jail in connection with the armed robbery at the Going Green marijuana dispensary in Santa Venetia in April, Lt. Jamie Scardina said.

The four suspects fled with cash and marijuana in a vehicle toward China Camp and were found on April 19 in a marsh in the area of Oak and Marine drives in unincorporated Marin County, the sheriff’s office said. Spencer and two other suspects were arrested. At a burglary at a residence on Vendola Drive in Santa Venetia also in April, sheriff’s deputies collected a blood-stained piece of broken glass, Scardina said. A sample of the blood was sent to the Department of Justice, and in October the sheriff’s office learned the DNA profile in the blood matched Spencer’s DNA profile that was contained in the state’s DNA database, Scardina said.

In December, detectives collected a sample of Spencer’s DNA and sent it to the Department of Justice to compare it with the blood found on the broken glass, Scardina said. The sheriff’s office received confirmation this month that the DNA profile from the glass and from Spencer’s sample were a match, Scardina said. Spencer was rebooked for residential burglary.

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