GPD: Fingerprints link suspect to two attempted break-ins

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

Police are crediting a burglar alarm at one home and a cautious resident at another home with preventing two burglaries last fall.

Then it was work by a fingerprint examiner who connected one suspect to the two cases and led to an arrest this week.

In early October, the Gainesville Police Department found evidence that someone tried to break into a home on Southwest 35th Court through a window. Officers said it appeared the burglar abandoned the attempt when an alarm sounded, but they were able to collect fingerprints from the window.

On the same day, a resident in a nearby home on the same street said someone she did not know rang her doorbell. The woman told police she did not answer the door because she did not know the man at the door. A short time later police said they discovered that someone had tried to get into a window in the home in the same way as at the other house.

According to an arrest report, fingerprints found at both homes were turned over to latent print examiner Melissa Kilmer, who matched them to Kishon Marquis Jones, 18, of 2304 SW 35th Place.

Jones was arrested Tuesday for attempted burglary after a witness identified him in a photograph as the person seen in the area where the two attempted burglaries were committed.

Jones was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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