DNA evidence helps catch Mount Vernon tobacco-store burglar, more arrests expected

DNA evidence helps catch Mount Vernon tobacco-store burglar, more arrests expected

MOUNT VERNON, TX (KLTV) - DNA evidence has led to the arrest of one man in a string of tobacco store robberies in north and East Texas.

Mount Vernon Police say on June 28, the Tobacco Rhoades Smoke shop in their city was burglarized by two individuals. The police department's investigators collected what they called "crucial evidence," including DNA evidence, left at the scene.

On July 5, they and the Fort Worth Police Department, assisted by MVPD Lt. Joshua Daily,  executed a search warrant at 2313 Kelton Street in Fort Worth.  As a result of what they collected during the search, they say they arrested Jimmy Ray Mitchell, Jr. and charged him with the burglary of the Mount Vernon tobacco store.

Additional evidence collected during the search warrant will allow investigators in Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Rockwall and Hopkins counties to obtain warrants in similar burglaries committed in their jurisdictions by Mitchell and his accomplices, police say.

Numerous agencies, including Mount Vernon, Sulphur Springs, Denton, Plano and Fort Worth police departments contributed to this investigation and arrest.
More arrests are expected in the days to come, police believe.

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