MANATEE -- A 19-year-old has been arrested and charged with a March vehicle burglary at Greyhawk Landing in East Manatee.
DNA evidence led authorities to Ryan Price, 19, of Bradenton, according to Manatee County Sheriff's reports.
Although there were four vehicle burglaries inside the gated community, Price is being charged with one, according to the report.
The case against Price began March 18 when a suspicious vehicle was seen in Greyhawk Landing. The vehicle came back to Price.
Using a sting operation, detectives waited for Price to return to the vehicle and then confronted him.
Price could not give a logical reason why he was in the area and was nervous and uncooperative, according to the report.
Price refused to answer any more questions and requested an attorney, according to the report.
Detectives got a break in the case when a resident of Greyhawk Landing found a black backpack. It contained items from victims of the vehicle burglaries.
But more interesting to authorities was that next to the backpack underneath a tree near the bike path that leads to the fishing pier, the citizen also found a pair of baseball gloves and a mask.
Inside the backpack were four flash drives and a Deerhorn custom knife belonging to one burglary victim and medication belonging to another victim, the report states.
The mask and the gloves were sent to DNA labs and came back a match for Price, the report states. It took seven months to get the DNA confirmed.
Price was arrested Thursday and remains in the Manatee County jail in lieu of a $250 bond, according to the sheriff's office website.