A discarded cigarette and DNA, helps investigators solve a burglary case in Sullivan County.
The burglary in question occurred at a residence in the 5900 block of County Road 700 between Carlisle and Pleasantville. Investigators say someone had kicked in the door, and had stolen 11 firearms and an undisclosed amount of jewelry.
The following day, Sheriff Clark Cottom and other investigators conducted a follow-up sweep of the property, and found a single discarded cigarette butt in the garage. Investigators confirmed that the residents did not smoke, and believed the burglary suspect may have discarded the cigarette butt.
The cigarette butt was sent to the Indiana State Police evidence lab for DNA analysis, and confirmed that the cigarette belonged to 33-year-old Kyle Starkey of West Terre Haute.
According to sheriff officials, the burglary victims were not familiar with Starkey, and report he had no reason for being inside their home or on their property.
An arrest warrant was then issued for Starkey by the Sullivan County Prosecutors Officer, charging him with burglary and theft.
Starkey is currently detained in the White County, Illinois Detention Center on unrelated federal drug charges. Once he is released from federal custody, he will be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail.
Only some of the stolen firearms were recovered and investigators believe the others and jewelry are still out there.
This is an ongoing investigation, any person with information about Starkey’s actions, or the missing jewelry and firearms, are encouraged to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 812-268-4308.