Polk County, Florida -- A DNA test helps officers catch a burglar who didn't remember committing the crime.
Marc's Auto Repair and Thrift Store was burglarized back in May. $500 in miscellaneous items were stolen including a child's bicycle, stuffed animals, and DVDs. In addition to the robbery, the suspect also made several outgoing calls from the business.
A pair of jeans, a shirt and a pair of socks were discovered in the bathroom of the business after the burglary, none of which the business owners could identify. The suspect apparently undressed prior to leaving the scene.
The discarded clothing was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA testing and came back resulting in a match for Todd Clark. Clark has a criminal history that includes 21 felony charges from conspiracy to commit bank fraud, to assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Detectives located Clark and met him at the PCSO Central District office where a post Miranda interview was conducted. Clark told detectives he had consumed a large amount of alcohol and drugs the night of the burglary and that he did not "remember" committing the burglary. He did remember being totally unclothed the morning after the incident and what he was wearing before he woke. The memory of his clothes matched the clothing found in the business.
Clark was placed under arrest and transported to the Polk County Jail without further incident. He has since bonded out of jail.