DNA match leads to charges in multiple business burglaries

Cotton, Kevin
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:50am

Shreveport Police have charged a local man whom they is responsible for committing multiple business burglaries in south east Shreveport over the past months.

Back on January 31, 2013, Shreveport Police officers responded to multiple business burglaries along the Line Avenue corridor during which time four businesses were either broken into or were victims of property damage. During investigators probe of the burglaries, authorities processed multiple pieces of evidence located inside the crime scenes of the burglarized properties. Authorities submitted the evidence to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis.

Detectives were notified that the DNA evidence recovered from the burglarized business had been matched to 47 year old Kevin Carvell Cotton. During their ongoing investigation, detectives learned that Cotton had been arrested for unrelated charges back on February 8, 2013, at which time the burglaries abruptly stopped. During a follow-up inquiry, investigators unearthed an address linking Cotton to a home located in the 700 block of Merrick Street. Detectives arrived at the home this afternoon and upon being granted access, located items within the home that had been taken during numerous burglaries in the area to include those committed along the Line Avenue corridor. During their probe of the home, authorities recovered over 100 stolen credit cards. Cotton who is currently housed at the Caddo Correctional Center has now been charged with four counts of simple burglary. As the investigation continues, authorities suspect that Cotton may be responsible for additional burglaries in the area
 

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