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DNA leads to man’s arrest 4 years later

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DNA evidence led to the arrest the arrest Wednesday of 22-year-old man in connection with a 2017 vehicle burglary.

The incident occurred on Nov. 14, 2017, in the 200 block of East Carroll Street in Islamorada.

Eric St. Clair Howard, of Florida City, was arrested Wednesday on three warrants for burglary, grand theft and violation of probation.

According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt, Howard smashed the window of a locked 2004 Kia Sorento and stole 2,700 in cash that was inside an envelope tucked between the driver’s seat and center console.

Authorities say a small amount of dried blood was left on the SUV door.

Warrants were issued for Howard’s arrest, but he wasn’t found until this week.