CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff's Office solved a June 1 home burglary and vandalism case after FDLE matches DNA to blood found at the scene belonging to a 15-year-old from Port Charlotte.
The Port Charlotte home on Waterside St. had $2,746 in jewelry and electronics stolen, and repairs of over $7,300 in damage to repair the floors, walls and property inside the home. The owner was in Canada at the time of the burglary by the minor who lives a couple houses away. Detectives believed the burglar cut himself while reaching through metal mesh of a window. CCSO Crime Scene technicians collected a dried blood sample and sent it to FDLE. The lab report came back with a positive match to the DNA profile of the teen.
The Port Charlotte High School student was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling Causing Damage, and Grand Theft. He was taken to the Charlotte County Jail for processing, and then transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice center in Ft. Myers for 21 days. He also has previous burglary charges.