Suspected burglar identified by DNA

An investigation into a burglary in 2012 at a coin laundry resulted in the arrest of a suspect who was identified by DNA collected at the scene.

Kelei Jones, 21, who has been in jail on unrelated charges since July 30, was identified as the person who allegedly broke into Purnell’s Coin Laundry at 3202 W. 28th Ave. on Nov. 21, 2012, Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Wednesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police arrived at the business after answering an alarm and found a front window broken and change scattered on the ground.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that a crime scene technician swabbed the rim of the store safe and sent the samples collected to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for analysis. On Sept. 13, the lab sent back a report identifying Jones as the person whose DNA was collected.

Kizer said Jones is currently on probation on multiple commercial burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief charges and has two separate charges of commercial burglary and theft of property pending.

Because of those pending charges, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Jones after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary.