DNA leads detectives to accused thrift shop burglar

Orlando Montalvo

Orlando Montalvo

A 22-month old burglary case ended with the arrest Wednesday of an East Naples man linked to the crime by blood samples taken from the scene, deputies said.

Orlando Montalvo, 50, of the 2100 block of Scrub Oak Circle, faces felony charges of armed burglary and grand theft, accused of taking about $800 worth of jewelry and $500 cash from a safe at St. Vincent de Paul's Naples thrift store.

Deputies first responded to the store in March 2011 after a break-in, finding blood and broken glass inside, an arrest report said. A safe appeared to have been broken open with an ax, and a smashed donation box was found, deputies said.

Blood samples taken from the scene were sent to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab, where the blood was traced back to Montalvo in September 2012, the report said. Deputies located Montalvo on Wednesday at his home, where he denied breaking into the store. He couldn't explain why his DNA was found at the scene, the report said.

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