DNA connects Carlsbad man to burglary

Created: 02/12/2014 6:33 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A burglary committed two years ago finally caught up to a 23-year-old suspect.

As KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, it’s what the Carlsbad man left behind that eventually led to his arrest.

Carlsbad police said Joe Montez broke into a home and stole an Xbox, a TV, four firearms, a sword, and four beers.

That was back in February 2012.

Investigators said Montez broke a glass door in the back of the home to get in, then left through the front door.

Police said when they got to the house and checked the front door, they found something that didn’t belong.

There was blood on the door.

Police said they entered the blood into a DNA system and Montez came up as a match.

According to court records, it took Carlsbad police a year and a half to find Montez and finally arrest him.

"Finally DNA, 2 years later, it creeped up on him," said Cecilio Garza.

Neighbors said they’re glad a thief is off the streets.

"In today's times if you do something like that, you're going to get caught eventually.  That's just the way it is," said Ylario Flaco.

Montez is charged with aggravated residential burglary and larceny over $2,500.

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