DNA ties Scottsbluff man to burglary

February 2, 2019 GMT

SCOTTSBLUFF — A Scottsbluff man has been accused of breaking into his ex-wife’s home and police say DNA evidence confirms the man as a suspect in an October 2017 burglary.

Mark Reed, 69, has been charged with burglary, a Class IIA felony; theft, a Class IV felony; and criminal mischief, a Class II misdemeanor.

Scottsbluff Police began their investigation on Oct. 14, 2017, when a woman reported a burglary in the 600 block of East 26th Street. A window had been broken out at the home and police found blood on the window and the front and back doors, according to the arrest affidavit. The woman identified Reed as a suspect in the burglary.

Police also interviewed the woman’s boyfriend, who told police his pickup tires had been slashed, he was missing pain killers, a watch and a couple hundred dollars in cash. He also told police he suspected Reed in the burglary.

During the investigation, an officer followed up with Reed, observing small cuts on the top of his hands and a large wound on his right hand. The officer also observed dried blood on the man’s sweatpants, on the outside of his vehicle and on the center console of the vehicle. Police collected a blood sample.

On Nov. 29, 2017, police submitted the blood samples from the residence and Reed to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab for analysis. On Dec. 6, 2018, police received the results, which showed that each swab contained DNA of the same male. On Dec. 11, 2018, police applied for and received a search warrant for buccal swabs from Reed, which came back as being consistent with the DNA profile on the previous swabs, according to the affidavit.

Reed was arrested Jan. 31 and he was arraigned Friday on charges. His bond has been set at $150,000, according to online court records.

He is next scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 5.