DNA connects homeless man to Sarasota crime

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on May 9, 2014 


From the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office:

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a homeless man whose DNA connected him to an unusual crime.

In February, a man reported that someone was inside his son's home in the 2500 block of Pinebrook Hollow in Sarasota. He found dishes in the sink and it appeared someone had been in the house for several days. The man called deputies when he thought he heard noises from inside a locked spare bedroom. The suspect was not located at the time, but the victim said two flat screen televisions and household items were missing.

Crime Scene Technicians recovered sneakers and other belongings that were submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for testing. Analysis determined the DNA was that of John Szatkowski. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Burglary of a Dwelling and Szatkowski was located last night.

Szatkowski's DNA was in the FDLE database from more than a dozen arrests in Brevard County for crimes such as drug possession theft and fraud.

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