Suspects Caught out by DNA on Cigarette Butt

January 23, 2018 Last Updated: January 23, 2018

Detectives have tracked down two suspects with the help of a small clue they left at a crime scene: a cigarette butt.

The pair allegedly burgled a house in Deleon Springs, Florida last September while the homeowners left to escape Hurricane Irma, and left behind cigarette butts in the property, according to reports.

The non-smoking owners of the property noticed the butts in their driveway and house, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told Fox News.

A cigarette butt was sent for DNA testing.

In January, around the same time that results came back on the butt, investigators received a tip for a possible suspect: 32-year-old Cassandra Taylor.

The DNA matched Taylor’s, that was already in their database.

Taylor was arrested on Sunday Jan. 21 and faces an enhanced charge of burglary because she committed the crime during a state of emergency, WFTV reported.

Oscar Bravo, 25, was also arrested and charged with burglary.

“You can’t make this stuff up, ya know!” said Sheriff Chitwood. “You try to, but you can’t!”