Criminal charges have been filed against a man in connection to five breaking and entering crimes in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to a news release from State Police.
On November 5, 2010, Corporal R.M. Gaskins, of the Morgantown Detachment, responded to a breaking and entering at Cottrell's Country store on Point Marion Road in Morgantown. Corporal Gaskin was able to obtain secure blood evidence from the scene and sent it to the State Police Crime Lab to be submitted into Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). State Police said no suspect was identified at this time.
According to State Police, Corporal Gaskins has since received five confirmed matches since May 2012 related to breaking and entering crimes.
The first two lab reports were received in May 2012 and June 2012. The first advised a DNA match with cases from the Pa. State Police and the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner Laboratories. The second advised a DNA match with cases from the Pa. State Police DNA Laboratory, according to the news release.
In February 2013, a third letter advised a match with the Pa. State Police and Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner Laboratories. According to the news release, the Kennedy Township Police Department in Coraopolis, Pa, responded to a breaking and entering complaint and located the accused, Larry A. Barnett, still on scene. Barnett cut his hand during this incident which resulted in blood evidence that was submitted to CODIS.
The fourth and fifth letters were received in February 2013 and April 2013. Both advised matched with the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner Laboratories according to the news release.
As a result, criminal charges have been filed against Barnett in both W.Va. and Pa. State Police said Barnett is currently in the Allegheny County jail in Pa. pending trial and an extradition hearing.