Sonoma Sheriff’s Office Solves Year Old Case With DNA Evidence

Sonoma Sheriff’s Office Solves Year Old Case With DNA Evidence

SANTA ROSA – On October 3, 2013 at approximately 3:30 am, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an alarm call at the Computer Recycling Center at 3227 Santa Rosa Avenue. When they arrived on the scene they found a chain link fence cut open and a pair of bolt cutters lying on the ground.

The Deputies had searched the perimeter of the business and found a broken window. They found blood on several pieces of glass from the broken window, which they secured into evidence.

3500 Brooks Road

3500 Brooks Road

The business owner came down to the scene and reported that the only item obviously missing at the time was an Apple iMac computer. The Deputies took the blood evidence from the crime scene and submitted it to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for processing.

On November 24 of this year, Property Crimes Investigation (PCI) Detectives of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office were notified that the DOJ had identified the blood evidence as belonging to Carl Joseph Grear, a 36-year-old resident of Santa Rosa.

Yesterday, December 30, at approximately 9:50am, PCI Detectives located Grear in the 3500 block of Brooks Road in Santa Rosa. The Detectives arrested Grear for multiple outstanding warrants for unrelated traffic and theft cases. He was also interviewed about last year’s burglary of the Computer Recycling Center.

Grear was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for Commercial Burglary along with his five outstanding warrants. His bail was set at $155,000 and he is scheduled to appear for arraignment on January 2 at 1:30 pm.

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