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DNA Left on Spoon Leads to Restaurant Thief's Arrest

Photos: Bochkarev Photography/Shutterstock / Baxter County Sheriff's Office

A man who burglarized a restaurant in Mountain Home, Arkansas almost a year ago has finally been arrested after his DNA was found on a spoon he used while robbing the restaurant. According to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, 29 year-old Justin Studdard allegedly broke into Bobbie Sue's Restaurant by kicking in a kitchen window. While inside he apparently stole money from two donation jars (over $75), stole money from the cash register ($17), and "took a pie from the cooler and ate it, along with some milk ... [he] also made and ate a ham sandwich and consumed English muffins."

The spoon he used to eat the pie was sent for DNA analysis, eventually leading to his arrest this week. Studdard now faces charges of commercial burglary, theft of property, criminal mischief, possessing the instrument of a crime, and parole violation. The Baxter Bulletin reports Studdard was already on probation "for his role in a 2011 Baxter County burglary spree" which included 11 commercial burglaries. The bond for the criminal charges has been set at $25,435.00, and he is being held without bond on the parole violation. He heads to court on November 21.

· DNA Sample Identifies Suspect [Baxter Country Sheriff's Office]
· A taste for pie leads to man's arrest [Baxter Bulletin via AP]

Bobbie Sue's Restaurant

2199 Highway 62 East, Mountain Home, AR 72653-6607

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