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DNA on sunglasses leads to arrest

DNA taken from a pair of discarded sunglasses led to an arrest Tuesday in a year-old Medford armed robbery case.

Andrew Kyle Beck, 23, faces first- and second-degree robbery charges accusing him of jumping over the counter at Woodland Heights Market last year and taking $230 at knife point, according to court documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.

At 8:11 a.m. April 1, 2018, a man entered the store covered from head to toe and wearing a hoodie, white sunglasses and a gray bandanna, according to court documents. The robber allegedly held a knife inches away from the victim’s torso during the robbery.

Police followed a trail along Prune Street to the Chestnut Street intersection, where they found a pair of white sunglasses matching those captured on store surveillance during the robbery.

Forensics investigators at the Oregon State Police crime lab matched DNA on the glasses earlier this year, police said.

Beck was arrested Tuesday by Medford police, and he made his initial court appearance Wednesday on felony charges of first- and second-degree robbery.

Beck remained held Wednesday in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail, records show.

Beck is on probation for a prior burglary conviction for his role in a string of Medford industrial area smash-and-grabs that occurred around April 2018.