Published On: Thu, Oct 15th, 2015

Quick response, DNA lead to arrest in burglary

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CRABTREEHILTON HEAD – A quick response to a reported attempted break-in at a Hilton Head business led to the capture of a suspect and DNA analysis linked him to a string of more than 20 similar crimes over the past few weeks, officials said Thursday.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office formed a task force to watch over retail establishments in an area hit repeatedly by a burglar who used rocks to break windows and stole cash and merchandise.
DNA samples were collected from the crime scenes and sent to the lab for processing.
Deputies responding to a report of an attempted break-in in the area were led on an extended chase by the suspect, first on a bicycle then on foot.
Steven Crabtree, 30, was finally apprehended and charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs.
DNA results also linked Crabtree to two earlier break-ins and he was charged with two counts of second degree burglary.
The bicycle he was riding was dtermined to be stolen and returned to the rightful owner.
Crabtree was not charged in the attemted break-in that led to his arrest but more charges are expected in the case, according to the department.

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