Cigarette butt could connect man to crimes

Posted: March 2, 2013

The Winchester Star

Darryl Sylvester Jackson Jr.

WINCHESTER — The DNA from a cigarette butt has allegedly connected a city man to at least four larceny-from-a-vehicle incidents.

According to a search warrant filed Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court, a city detective is seeking more DNA from alleged perpetrator Darryl Sylvester Jackson Jr.

Jackson, 23, of the 900 block of Woodland Avenue is being held without bond in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

He has more than 20 other charges pending in Winchester Circuit Court and was accused of committing more crimes while free under a previous bond.

Much of Jackson’s criminal history involves charges of grand larceny and credit card fraud. He was arrested late last year in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles.

The Friday search warrant appears to be connected to those thefts — which the warrant states took place Sept. 20 at four residences in the 300 block of Lanny Drive, near Frederick County Middle School.

Items taken include credit cards, Oakley sunglasses, cash and a video camera.

Apparently while at one of the residences, Jackson discarded a partially smoked Marlboro cigarette, which later was matched to him through the Virginia DNA Data Bank, according to the warrant.

This is the second search warrant in the last month that seeks Jackson’s DNA.

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