DNA Hit Lands Suspect in Break-ins

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

July 10, 2007

DNA has lead Charlottesville Police to a suspect in several break-ins.

Zachary Eustace has been charged with five counts of breaking and entering and six counts of grand larceny.

Police said they got Eustace's DNA from evidence collected from a break-in at the Rocky Top Gym in January. They brought Eustace in and police said the retrieved enough evidence to charge him with the break-ins at Ben and Jerry's, Vision Works and The Arlington Hair Studio.

Charlottesville Police Capt. Chip Harding said this DNA hit is a little unusual because Eustace has never been convicted of a felony. “He was arrested in May by Albemarle County Police on a burglary charge and under some new legislation that came about last year on certain felony arrests, they take your DNA sample and it goes in the databank,” he explained.

Eustace is still under investigation for more cases in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

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