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Suspect nabbed in 2005 break-in after DNA sample

A “cold hit” on a DNA sample has led to the arrest of a 29-year-old South Boston man for a five-year-old break-in of a South Boston business, according to South Boston Police Investigator Randy Redd.

Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Timothy Brad Puryear of Link Puryear Road Tuesday charging him with felony burglary for the April 2005 break-in at Edmondson’s Cleaners, Redd said.

As part of the investigation of the break-in, South Boston Police Investigator T. M. VanAernem recovered DNA evidence at the scene and submitted it to the Department of Forensic Science in Richmond. Redd said a DNA profile was developed, but there were no matches in the DNA database at the time.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Puryear on an unrelated matter on Sept. 7 last year, and Redd explained the nature of that charge required the taking and submission of a DNA sample at the time of the arrest.

When the sample was entered into the DNA database the lab got a “cold hit” requiring police to obtain a known DNA sample from Puryear, Redd said. The sample was sent to the lab and tested, and the information was presented to a Grand Jury on Jan. 10, when Redd said an indictment was handed down for Puryear’s arrest.

Following his arrest, Puryear was released on a $5,000 secured bond pending trial.

Redd explained when evidence such as DNA and fingerprints are submitted to the lab, and they are in usable form, that evidence is searched against the appropriate database.

“If no matches are found at that time, the Department of Forensic Science periodically searches that database, and when a match is found the submitting agency is notified and appropriate steps are taken to follow up on the investigation,” Redd said.

Investigator Redd said he believes this is the oldest hit on evidence in any database the South Boston Police Department has ever had.

• In other law enforcement matters, sheriff’s deputies are investigating a larceny and vandalism in the northern part of the county, according to Sheriff Stanley Noblin.

Sometime overnight Monday someone pried open a coin-operated air machine located outside Cody Store on Stagecoach Road, Noblin said.

The thief stole an undetermined amount of change from the machine, and in the process a considerable amount of damage was done to the machine, the sheriff said.

Investigator T. R. Spencer is handling the investigation.

• A 30-year-old Alton man is facing a pair of felony charges and a misdemeanor charge, according to sheriff’s office records.

David Brian Reeves of Mt. Carmel Road was charged with one felony count each of assault with intent to maim or kill and child neglect. Reeves also was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member.

The offenses allegedly occurred Wednesday, and Deputy C. A. Bates served the warrants Thursday.

Elliott Vincent Bowers Jr., 23, Watkins Avenue, South Boston, was charged with felony petty larceny-third offense. He also was charged with misdemeanor vandalism.

The offenses allegedly occurred Oct. 11, and Sgt. D. H. Barksdale served the warrants Thursday.

• Shenatta Johnson Bradley, 30, Shiloh Church Road, Nathalie, was charged with felony larceny of an animal valued at more than $200.

The offense allegedly occurred Oct. 18, and Deputy J. O. Tanner served the warrant Wednesday.

• A South Boston man and woman are facing three misdemeanor charges each related to animal cruelty.

Carl Junior Cole II, 30, and Amy Cole, 53, both of Cassada Lane, were charged with one misdemeanor count each of inflicting injury to an animal, owning an unlicensed dog and failing to provide proof of rabies vaccination.

The offenses allegedly occurred Dec. 29, and Cpl. C. S. Yeatts served the warrants Wednesday on Carl Cole, and Sgt. Barksdale served the warrants Wednesday on Amy Cole.

Whitt Allan Spraggins, 64, Clarkton Road, Nathalie, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member.

The offense allegedly occurred Jan. 6, and Deputy T. B. Sargent served the warrant Wednesday.

• Jermery Lamar Majors, 23, Moorman’s Lane, Nathalie, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member.

The offense allegedly occurred Wednesday, and Deputy Tanner served the warrant the same day.

• Darin Bryant Conner, 43, Barnsville Highway, Red Oak, was charged with misdemeanor contempt of court.

The offense allegedly occurred Monday, and Sgt. Barksdale served the warrant Wednesday.

• Jerry Sprattley, 34, Hunting Creek Road, Nathalie, was charged with misdemeanor failure to appear in court.

The offense allegedly occurred June 10 of last year, and Deputy Sargent served the warrant Wednesday.