Burglar linked to two year old crime through DNA
Boca Raton, FL On Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6:00 in the evening David Scott left his house at 250 SE Mizner Boulevard to run a quick errand. When he returned 35 minutes later he discovered an unknown male in his house. The suspect attacked Scott and the two fought until Scott could get away. Scott ran out of the house and called Boca Raton Police. The suspect left behind a plethora of Scott's property that he had collected in several bags. Scott sustained abrasions and contusions, but no serious injuries.
Boca Raton detectives investigating the crime conducted a thorough investigation, which included speaking to Scott's neighbors, friends, acquaintances, and fellow students. Evidence from the crime scene, including DNA from a latex glove, was processed along with several other items. Although the detective's initial investigation did not produce any viable leads, the latex glove and other items were sent to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab for DNA analysis.
On June 28, 2011 detectives received a letter from the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Administrator for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The letter stated that the DNA from the latex glove was identified as matching convicted offender Bradley Begens. On July 7, Boca Raton detectives spoke with Scott who said he did not know Begens and wanted to pursue prosecution.
A warrant was filed with the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office and on July 25, Begens was arrested. Begens is charged with burglary with assault and battery.
Boca Raton, FL