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St. Louis cops use DNA to bust thirsty burglary suspect after leaving soda can at crime scene

April 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
St. Louis cops use DNA to bust thirsty burglary suspect after leaving soda can at crime scene

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Police in St. Louis busted an alleged thief with the help of a soda can that he dumped at the scene of a burglary.

Calvin Whitlock has been charged with burglary, theft, and damage to property.

According to court records, the 46-year-old broke into an apartment in St. Louis back in 2015, took a $500 television but left his opened soda at the residence.

Investigators said DNA on the soda was a match with Whitlock’s through a hit in the Combined DNA Index System, Fox2 St. Louis reported.

Whitlock has had numerous run-ins with the law. He spent at least 15 years in the Department of Corrections in Missouri after he was convicted of tampering with a utility and in an unrelated case, for distributing and producing an illegal substance.

A spokesperson with Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office said they just received the case from police Tuesday because it took time to complete the DNA lab report.

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