County authorities used evidence left behind at a crime scene to make an arrest.

A 19-year-old Cabool man was arrested April 18 after a Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a Highway M residence at Cabool.

The 25-year-old woman who lives at the location told the investigating officer that when she had returned to her home after a trip to town, she noticed a light on inside. She stated she then heard a loud noise coming from the residence and saw a man run from the home into the woods.

After searching the inside of the house and not finding a suspect, the officer located an ice cream spoon and kitchen knife outside the residence that the woman stated didn’t belong to her.

The officer then went to the neighbor’s home and spoke to the residents, including a 67-year-old woman, and her grandson and granddaughter. After noticing that the grandson had scratches on his face, neck and hands, the officer asked for and was given permission to look in the kitchen drawers, where he found two knives like the one found outside the burglarized home.

The grandmother was unable to determine if the knife that had been found at the crime scene was also hers, but her granddaughter reportedly told the officer it was because she recognized a burn mark on it.

The man with the scratch marks was taken to the Texas County Jail to be interviewed about the incident and admitted to his involvement, stating he had used the knife to cut the window screen and gain entry to the residence.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor for charges of second-degree burglary.

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