Blood sample helps police solve VFW break-in from 2 years ago

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

June 7, 2007 - After two years, police Tuesday were finally able to arrest a man for a break-in at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8560, which resulted in significant damage to the building.

A blood sample, taken from the scene, tied Jeffrey Ray Davis to the crime, according to Sulphur Springs Police Department Investigator Bo Fox.

Davis confessed to breaking into the VFW on April 11, 2005, and causing significant damage, including to a juke box, exterior wall, doors and cash register. He told the investigator he was looking for money to support a drug addiction, Fox said.

At the time the incident was reported, officers took a blood sample from the scene. The burglar apparently was cut on a window and “left a lot of blood” at the VFW. The blood sample was submitted to Texas Department of Public Safety’s lab. DPS has a data bank containing DNA samples from all individuals entering prison, and entered the information from the blood sample into the data bank, Fox explained. Officials from the DPS lab in February notified police that the blood sampled matched Davis, who was incarcerated in 2006 on an unrelated crime. 

Police sought and obtained a bench warrant, and had Davis brought back to Hopkins County for questioning related to the incident. While talking to officers, Davis admitted to breaking into the VFW and was arrested. for burglary of the building, according to Fox.

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