Alleged serial burglar identified through DNA on Coke bottle
WENTZVILLE — Authorities believe they've found the man responsible for burglaries across Missouri, and a bottle of Coca-Cola helped break the case.
KTVI-TV reports that 25-year-old Dakota Blackburn faces multiple charges for burglaries in St. Charles County, Jefferson City, Moberly and Brookfield. Authorities believe he's responsible for more than a dozen crimes.
Blackburn is jailed in Randolph County on $25,000 cash-only bond and doesn't have a listed attorney.
Wentzville police say someone recently broke into a Mexican restaurant and ransacked it, looking for money. The intruder took a bottle of Coke from the cooler and left it behind.
Police Chief Kurt Frisz says DNA testing from the bottle linked Blackburn to the crime, and authorities noticed that the way the intruder broke into the restaurant was similar to other break-ins across Missouri.
Court records show Blackburn was charged for the Wentzville incident on August 21. He was charged with burglary in Randolph County on March 18, Linn County on May 6, and in Cole County on July 4.
According to court documents, Blackburn is accused of burglarizing the following businesses:
- Rent N Go in Moberly
- Tequila Jalisco in Brookfield
- Las Palmas Taqueria in Jefferson City
- China Wok in Jefferson City
- Mi Tolteca in Jefferson City
- Colton's Steakhouse in Jefferson City
- El Jimador in Jefferson City
- Los Portales in Wentzville
The probable cause statement filed in Linn County said Blackburn is also suspected in burglaries in Saline County and Oak Grove.