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Police Use Sock DNA to Nab Suspect Burglar in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - A 24-year-old man has been arrested nearly three years after police say he broke into a Fareway Store in Iowa City thanks to DNA evidence recovered from three black socks found at the scene.

Officers responded to the store at 2530 Westwinds Drive at 2:14 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, for an alarm. Upon arrival, they found two broken windows and located a large, black bag near the employee break area, according to a criminal complaint.

The bag contained items that police believe the suspect took from the store including liquor and cigarettes, according to the compliant. They also found change from the manager's cash register and three black socks, police reported.

The socks were sent to the state's crime lab for analysis, according to a complaint, and the lab issued a report stating that a DNA profile from one of the socks matched to a Samuel Lee Lockett III. A known sample taken from Lockett also matched the profile, police reported.

Damage to the window that was broken to make entry into the store totaled $1,407. Lockett also is accused of taking $60 in coins during the burglary.

Lockett faces charges of felony third-degree burglary, felony second-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree theft, a simple misdemeanor.

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