DNA helps Lead to Arrest
Using a DNA sample, the Southern Pines Police Department made an arrest in a breaking and entering case that occurred nearly a year ago.
Darrell Fritz Sealy, 43, of Southern Pines, was arrested July 16 and charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, attempted larceny from a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and communicating threats.
On Aug. 21, 2007, officers were investigating a breaking and entering of a car in Southern Pines. During the investigation, the officers collected a sample of DNA evidence from the car. The sample was analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Raleigh and a positive match was made, resulting in warrants being issued for Sealy.
On July 16, Southern Pines police officers found Sealy in a vacant lot at the corner of Murray Hill Road and U.S. 1. A search of the suspect led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.
Sealy was jailed and his bail was set at $75,000.
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