CHARLOTTE COUNTY- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Harbour Heights man Tuesday after he was identified by DNA taken from a cigarette butt found with stolen items after he burglarize a home. Charged with Burglary while Armed, and Grand Theft of Firearms and Property, was Lukas Eugene Denman, 26, 1511 Magnus Terrace.
On Dec. 26, 2010 CCSO received a burglary call to a home in the 2100 block of Blaser Street, Port Charlotte. The home was burglarized sometime (Christmas Day), Dec. 25 or the morning of Dec. 26. The burglar stole $12,275 in various items including several firearms. Detectives responded to the home and found some of the stolen items in an empty lot not far from the home burglary.
Crime Scene collected evidence in the home, including a cigarette butt located where the stolen items were recovered. A DNA sample was taken from the cigarette butt and sent in for testing. CCSO detectives received notice that the DNA sample taken fit DNA in the state CODIS system that came back as a match to Denman.
Denman turned himself in Tuesday afternoon with his attorney; he is being held in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond pending first appearance this morning. Denman is a convicted felon; this is his fourth arrest.