DNA used to catch two Cape Coral burglary suspects
FOX 4 Staff
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral detectives used DNA to help make an arrest in a home burglary that happened in September 2012 and an arrest in the armed robbery of a convenience store in January of this year.
The first crime happened on September 17, 2012 when a man entered a home on Hopefield Court and made off with an e flat-panel TV, expensive sunglasses and various electronics. The suspect cut himself while making entry through a broken window.
Using blood drops investigators managed to find a DNA match through the F.B.I's DNA ID system. That led to the arrest of 28-year-old Michael Anthony Zeff of North Fort Myers. Zeff is charged with burglary of a dwelling and grand theft.
In the other crime, officers responded to an armed robbery at the Hess station located at 1020 Santa Barbara Boulevard on January 15, 2013. The clerk said a man entered the store and robbed him at gunpoint making off with $56. The suspect wore gloves and a mask.
Officers coured the area and found a pickup truck leaving the neighborhood behind the Hess station with two occupants. The passenger, Robert McDougall was acting very nervous and sweating profusely. The driver and McDougall gave conflicted accounts about why they were out at 2:30 a.m.
The two were arrested for loitering and prowling but the two denied any involvement in the armed robbery. Several hours later a neighbor called police to report finding clothing and gloves in her yard close to the Hess station. The items matched those used in the robbery.
Forensics process the evidence for DNA which led to a match to McDougall. He's now charged with robbery with a firearm.