DNA on a cigarette butt found in a burglarized Blue Hill Avenue apartment led police to a suspect who was arraigned today on charges he stole two TVs and a jar containing $300, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Michael Fortune, 60, who has a lengthy record for larceny, shoplifting and possession of burglarious tools dating back to 1977, was released on personal recognizance, according to the DA's office, which says it had asked Dorchester District Court Judge Debra Shopteese for bail of $2,000.
According to the DA's office, the apartment's resident came home on Dec. 9, 2012, after a couple of months away to find the place robbed:
Officers found the remains of a smoked cigarette on the kitchen table; the resident was a non-smoker, however, and told police that the cigarette butt was not there when he left.
The cigarette was taken to the Boston Police Crime Laboratory, where a DNA profile on the cigarette was matched to Fortune, who had submitted a DNA sample because of prior convictions. The victim told police that he did not know Fortune and did not give him permission to enter the apartment, and detectives obtained a warrant for Fortune’s arrest. He surrendered himself in court on that warrant yesterday.