Volusia woman arrested for burglary after leaving cigarette butt at crime scene, deputies say
A Volusia woman — already in custody at the county jail on other charges — was arrested today for burglary of a home evacuated during Hurricane Irma, a Volusia sheriff spokesman said.
A single cigarette butt left behind at the house, where no smokers lived, helped lead detectives to charge Cassandra Taylor, 32, with burglary of a dwelling during a state of emergency and grand theft, said Andrew Gant, spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives were tipped off this month that Taylor may have had a role in the Sept. 9 burglary during their investigation into another burglary in DeLeon Springs, Gant said.
He said the DNA results from the cigarette butt, found on the bedroom floor, also came back this month.
Gant said the DNA on the cigarette matched Taylor’s.
“Taylor is well known to Volusia County sheriff’s detectives who are familiar with past burglaries in DeLeon Springs,” he said. “She was already in custody on a separate case.”
Taylor has been booked at the Volusia Jail at least 24 times since 2006, according to the sheriff’s office inmate database.
The charges for those arrests include trespassing, grand theft, driving without a license and exploiting the elderly.
Gant said Taylor confessed to taking part in the burglary.
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