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FORSYTH — Police said a shoplifter who razor-cut an electrical tester out of its package and stole it ended up leaving a drop of blood behind that was enough to trace him through his DNA.

A sworn affidavit said the theft occurred Aug. 8 at the Menard’s store in Forsyth, and the DNA results identifying the man recently came back from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.


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Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the 63-year-old man at his Decatur home Monday. He was booked on a preliminary charge of burglary, which is subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

The affidavit said the theft was spotted on video surveillance by the store’s loss prevention officer. He checked the cut-open packaging that held the tester, priced at $110, and found the blood stain.

The affidavit said the man admitted the theft and told deputies he needed the tester for his job but could not afford to buy one.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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