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DNA links suspect to burglary case

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives used a DNA sample secured at a Crawfordville crime scene to link a suspect to a burglary that occurred on Aug. 10, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.

Travis Anthony McCullough, 20, of Crawfordville was arrested Aug. 15 and charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor including grand theft of a firearm, grand theft, burglary and criminal mischief.
A male and a female victim on Arran Road reported the theft of jewelry, firearms, ammunition, a firearm scope, and U.S currency, valued at approximately $4,000. A forced entry was reported at the residence and at an adjoining shed.

During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered defecation on the floor of a shed that had been broken into. Blood was also discovered at the crime scene. DNA samples were submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for analysis. Damage to the home was estimated at $300.

Detectives received an anonymous tip that McCullough was responsible for the burglary and was walking around with stolen property. The three firearms were hidden at a shed at a vacant home in the Wakulla Gardens area.

On Aug. 13, a search warrant was served on Travis McCullough where DNA samples were taken from the suspect. The samples taken from McCullough were sent in for state analysis and matched the samples taken at the burglary scene.

Detectives recovered the stolen firearms as well as the jewelry at the abandoned shed. Additional arrests are anticipated.

Deputy Vicki Mitchell, Detective Randy Phillips, Detective Derek Lawhon, Detective Cole Wells, Detective Matt Helms and Detective Clint Beam investigated.

 

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