DNA on cigarette butt links robbery to man

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 12:04pm

An accused burglar is behind bars Thursday morning after DNA evidence linked him to a burglary in west Shreveport.

Back on April 13, 2008, Shreveport Police patrol officers were called to a house burglary in the 3700 block of Michigan Boulevard. The homeowner told officers that an unknown suspect or suspects apparently kicked open the front door of the house there and then made off with several items including a stove and refrigerator. The investigating patrolman recovered a discarded cigarette butt inside of the crime scene and that evidence was turned over to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis.

Detectives assigned to the case received notification from the crime lab this month that DNA evidence recovered from the cigarette butt came back as a match to 34-year old Rogers Pickens, Jr. Based on this evidence, as well as other information gathered during the course of their inquiry, investigators took Pickens into custody Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Hearne Avenue and Lakeshore Drive after a brief foot pursuit during which he attempted to elude authorities.

Pickens was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of simple burglary.

From Shreveport Police Department

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