A swig from an orange juice carton has landed a Central Point man in jail.
DNA left on a carton during the burglary of an Eagle Point home last fall led investigators to 33-year-old Ryan Darrell Bohnert, who faces felony charges of first-degree theft, aggravated theft and burglary, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.
Bohnert entered not-guilty pleas on the charges Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court. He remained in the Jackson County Jail late Wednesday on $60,000 bail.
The burglary was reported Oct. 29, 2012, in the 11000 block of Agate Road, Eagle Point. Investigators believe the burglars entered the home through the garage and stole a flat-screen television, jewelry and a safe that contained more than $10,000 in silver ingots and collectible coins.
Investigators say the burglars took swigs from an orange juice container in the refrigerator and left the carton on the garage floor. The carton was submitted to the crime lab for testing.
"It's definitely a big deal," said sheriff's department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson. "It takes some time when we send things off to the lab for testing."
The Oregon State Crime Lab found DNA and fingerprints on the carton, a news release Wednesday said. The DNA matched a sample cross-referenced in an FBI database.
Bohnert, who has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1998, had been considered a person of interest from the beginning of the case, investigators said. He was already in jail on burglary and theft charges stemming from a separate case when investigators linked him to the Eagle Point crime.
Another suspect, whose name is not yet being released, is still under investigation, officials said.
The investigation is continuing. The stolen property hasn't been recovered, officials said.
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