DNA found on a discarded cigarette butt helped police identify a man suspected of burglary, police said.
Stephen Evans, 25, of Newark, is accused of trying to break into a detached garage at a house in the 300 block of Paper Mill Road on Aug. 27, Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, said Monday.
Officers investigating the burglary found a discarded cigarette butt and collected it for testing. A crime lab gleaned DNA from it, and the DNA traced back to Evans, Rubin said.
Evans was charged with third-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespassing and theft. He was arraigned Dec. 27 at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, where he is serving time for unrelated charges.
Evans is no stranger to the police in Newark.
In September, he was charged with burglarizing more than two-dozen cars in Newark and then managed to escape from an ambulance while handcuffed and led police on a foot chase before being taken into custody again.
In May 2017, he was charged with stabbing someone during a confrontation outside a home in the 300 block of Paper Mill Road, the same block where the most recent burglary occurred.
In February 2016, he was charged with possessing items stolen in a string of car break-ins in and around the Jenny’s Run neighborhood off Paper Mill Road.
In July 2013, he was charged with burglarizing three buildings on Paper Mill Road, including a church.