DNA evidence yields theft charges against Harrison man
DNA evidence obtained two years ago in a house in Harrison has led to charges against a Harrison man staying in a halfway house in Pittsburgh, police said.
Christopher Delle-Donne, 30, of the 1400 block of Sixth Street, Harrison, is charged with theft, criminal trespass, burglary and criminal mischief.
He is accused of breaking into a house along the 1400 block of Fifth Street, Harrison two years ago. Once inside, the intruder stole copper pipe and caused about $5,000 in damage, Patrolman Christopher Cottone said.
Cottone said he found several spots of blood on a curtain in the house where the copper was taken.
When Delle-Donne was linked to the crime, police got a search warrant to have a blood sample drawn. That sample was taken to the Allegheny County crime lab.
“The curtain blood spots matched up to Delle-Donne, who was living within walking distance several years ago,” the officer said.
Delle-Donne waived the charges to court on Wednesday. A non-monetary bond was issued, and he remains in the halfway house receiving treatment, Cottone said.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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