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DNA leads to break-in arrest

July 31, 2014

Devin Weston, 30, of Hot Springs National Park

A man was arrested after Benton officers used DNA evidence to link him as a suspect in numerous vehicle break-ins.

Devin Weston, 30, of Hot Springs National Park is accused of committing12 vehicle break-ins that occurred April 21 near Millbrook Drive and Heritage Farms neighborhood.

During the investigation, various items that included DNA evidence were collected and submitted to the Arkansas Crime Lab for processing, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton police department spokesperson.

All of the officers are trained to process a vehicle during similar incidents to collect items as evidence, he said.

Weston is currently detained at the Garland County Jail on three failure to appear charges for prior incidents and will be returned to Benton, he said.

Benton Police Department will charge Weston will 12 counts of breaking or entering and four counts of theft of property, Russell said.

Officers are still investigating the case and additional charges could be forthcoming, he said.

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