Hammond man charged in second burglary
Post-Tribune staff report July 23, 2012 3:34PM
Updated: July 24, 2012 11:23AM
DNA found at the scene matched a Hammond man who has been charged in Lake Superior Court in a March 20 burglary.
Kenneth Jerone Sutton III, 19, who is on probation in a prior burglary case and is on bond in a separate case, was charged with burglary after the homeowner discovered a broken basement window at her residence in the 900 block of State Street.
Police found the woman’s stolen television and a safe in a nearby empty lot. The woman’s jewelry box had been moved from the bedroom to the living room couch. Inside the home, police found blood drops throughout. A witness tipped police to an address on Sibley Street where a man with a bleeding arm walked to the rear of an apartment building.
Officers located a man, whom they recognized as Sutton, with a large bandage around his right forearm and blood dripping from a cut on his fingers. DNA testing at the Indiana State Police lab of blood on the jewelry box matched Sutton’s DNA profile, the probable cause affidavit states.
In mid-February, Sutton pleaded guilty to theft in his earlier burglary case. He was sentenced to 10 months in custody, followed by 14 months on probation. A petition to revoke probation had been filed prior to charges in the new burglary case.