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DNA on spoon leads to arrest of alleged burglar in Arkansas

Authorities say DNA evidence found on a spoon led to the arrest of an Arkansas man accused of breaking into a restaurant, stealing money and sampling some pie.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says the December 2012 burglary at Bobbie Sue's Restaurant remained unsolved for nearly a year — until authorities received DNA results from the state crime lab.

Montgomery says the burglar emptied two donation jars intended for charity then ate a pie, a ham sandwich and English muffins. Investigators found a dirty spoon, and Montgomery says DNA matched 29-year-old Justin Studdard, who was arrested this week on suspicion of commercial burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

He remains in the Baxter County jail and is due in court next week. Authorities did not know if Studdard had an attorney.

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