DNA test leads to burglary arrest | SummitDaily.com

DNA test leads to burglary arrest

SILVERTHORNE – Blood left on cut glass at two Silverthorne liquor store burglaries provided evidence for a DNA test and Silverthorne police to obtain an arrest warrant for Robert Hage of Dillon, who stands charged with felony second-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft.

Police believe Hage is responsible for two break-ins at Blue Valley Liquors in Silverthorne.

Hage is in custody at the Summit County Jail with bond set at $5,000.

Store owners first called police to report a May 5 burglary in which someone broke out the large window at the front of the store and stole a few bottles of alcohol. One week later, a similar break-in occurred.

Silverthorne Police Detective Kevin Trimbath said the store’s security cameras were on during the first break-in, but the tape showed only static.

Trimbath collected blood from the broken glass in the crimes. A confidential informant fingered Hage and two other people who could corroborate evidence that Hage had been cut by broken glass, police said.

The tips led Trimbath to petition the court to draw Hage’s blood. The district attorney’s office approved the order, and on June 6, Trimbath collected blood from Hage.

By Sept. 5, Trimbath said DNA test results compiled by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) came back with a positive match for Hage. Officers arrested him Sept. 11.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen very often in cases in Silverthorne,” Trimbath said. “And we were kind of surprised we got results back so typically. CBI is usually backed up, and homicides on the Front Range take priority in the labs. It feels good to get your man.”

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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