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DNA Match Leads to Arrest for 12 Auto Burglaries, Vandalism

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St. Augustine, FL

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Christopher Charles Craft-Mitchell

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Police investigating 15 automobile burglaries in one day have traced 12 of them back to one suspect, almost exactly one year later.

According to the St. Augustine Police Department, the burglaries happened at several North City businesses on May 2, 2010.

Hair and blood samples left behind were sent to the Jacksonville crime lab, and on April 28, the DNA was matched to Christopher Charles Craft-Mitchell, who has 10 previous arrests on record with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Police said his DNA match cleared 12 of the burglaries and vandalism cases from that one day.

Mitchell was booked May 14 on charges of burglary and vandalism.

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