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MCSO: Blood links man to Mesa bakery theft where he stole pennies

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 17:40:26-04

A man who broke into a bakery outlet and stole pennies was caught after his blood linked him to the crime.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports that on August 9 they arrested 60-year-old Michael Don Ramsey after his DNA was linked to a burglary in Mesa. 

MCSO says they were called to the Holsum Bakery outlet near Main Street and Crismon Road on April 16.

Inside they found a sledgehammer, which the store manager said didn't belong to the store. Officials believe it was thrown through the glass front doors. 

Deputies say the cash register and safe were found undisturbed, but a 2-gallon plastic jar of pennies was missing. There was about $50 worth of pennies in the jar.

Blood drops left at the scene were collected by MCSO and processed. The DNA from the blood matched that of Ramsey who is on probation for assault and burglary. 

Ramsey was arrested at a meeting with his probation officer.

He has been charged with burglary.