Lowcountry man arrested for string of burglaries thanks to DNA evidence

Crime & Safety

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) – A man accused of breaking into and stealing from several of his neighbors in Sun City is behind bars.

Paul Matson now faces three counts of burglary and three counts of petty larceny for crimes reported during the months of February through April this year.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), DNA technology was used to help identify Matson and secure warrants for his arrest.

DNA collected from the three crime scenes —Honesty Lane, Humbert Court, and Stratford Village Way — was analyzed and connected back to Matson.

BCSO DNA analysts uploaded the unknown male’s profile to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) where it was searched against the DNA profiles of known offenders in the database. The CODIS search yielded a match to Matson, who was identified as a resident of Sun City and a person of interest in the burglary investigations.

“It is not so hard to try and identify a subject from a burglary, sometimes we get tips, persons of interest. but to actually confirm that person through DNA is putting it at a new level right there,” said BCSO Major Bob Bromage. “You get tips all the time, but to get a DNA match on three different cases from the same subject — that’s good evidence.”

BCSO said Wednesday evening, Matson drove into Sun City and security there alerted deputies.

Following a traffic stop, the suspect was arrested on the six warrants and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Matson has yet to receive a bond hearing.

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