A Liberty man was arrested on Wednesday after investigators used DNA evidence collected from a crime scene more than four years ago.
Authorities say Virgus
Colt Browning III, 22, faces three counts of felony burglary and one count of felony theft from burglaries in Union and Fayette Counties.
According to Indiana State Police, Trooper Eric Thumb was called
to a garage burglary on Springersville Road in Union County in August 2008. Thumb collected a blood sample from a broken window believed to have been broken by
He then took a stolen bike report from a house just a few
doors down, which was later found in a ditch on Springersville Road in Fayette County. Police say blood was again collected
from the scene.
In addition, a car was stolen from a home near to where the bike was ditched. Authorities say Thumb once again took blood samples from blood found in
Just a little further down the road Thumb took a stolen report for a
pickup truck, which was found
crashed later that evening in Fayette County. Blood was found in the truck and
samples were again taken by Thumb.
All the samples were then submitted to the
Indiana State Police Lab.
In January 2013, Police say Thumb received a surprise
call from the State Police Lab. They advised him they had a DNA match for his
According to investigators, DNA testing showed that Browning was a match for the
2008 crime spree. He had been arrested on another charge and his DNA was taken to add to a data base kept on offenders.
As a result of that sample, authorities say they were able to find their match.