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Burglary suspect arrested following blood match

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:56 PM

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A burglary suspect was arrested last week following allegations he broke into a technical school building last spring and stole computer equipment.

Brooksville police said they connected the suspect to the crime after blood left behind at the scene was entered into a database and linked to him.

Gerald D. Whitman, 46, of 626 S. Broad St., was charged with burglary.

Police responded April 23 to MTC Technical Institute at 657 S. Broad St. and collected the blood evidence, according to a media release.

The sample was sent to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratory for a DNA match. On June 11, the match was made and Whitman was identified as the suspect, police said.

He was arrested the following day. Police said Whitman admitted to the burglary.

Among the stolen equipment was a computer central processing unit, monitor and printer, police said.

Whitman's DNA was in the state database following a felony drug arrest in 2011, according to public records.

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