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DNA links burglar to crime

Boca Raton, FL - On Monday, October 25, 2010, at just after noon, the resident of 5501 Nottingham Road arrived home after a quick errand to find an unknown male inside her house. The male said to her, "Don't call the police, I have a gun," but did not display a weapon. The suspect then casually walked to where he left his backpack and walked out the front door. When investigators processed the scene, they found blood both inside the house and outside around where a window screen was cut. They also recovered several latent fingerprints.

On November 1, 2010, detectives were notified that a fingerprint recovered from a pair of sunglasses found in the back yard of the victim's residence belonged to Robert Heyner. Detectives spoke with Heyner's family members who said they did not know where he was staying and had not seen him.

On August 17, 2011, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Forensic Biology Unit notified Boca Raton detectives that the blood evidence submitted for analysis identified the DNA as belonging to Robert Heyner. Detectives spoke with the victim who said she does not know Heyner, and she has never allowed him in her house. On August 18, detectives filed for a warrant for the arrest of Heyner for armed burglary, armed robbery, grand theft and criminal mischief. Heyner is currently in Broward County Jail on unrelated charges.



Robert Heyner
DOB 05/14/1967
(photo courtesy of BSO)