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Police: DNA links New Port Richey man to stolen bike

NEW PORT RICHEY — Police say they solved a case of a stolen bicycle thanks to DNA found in a plastic soda bottle.

A men's Fuji bicycle was stolen about 8 a.m. May 2 from a home on Oleander Avenue. The burglar left his old bike near the victim's home, along with a soda bottle that authorities sent for DNA testing, the New Port Richey Police Department said.

The lab linked the bottle to Luis Aponte-Rodriguez, a 39-year-old New Port Richey man who was on probation for a burglary that happened in April 2010.

Officers found him in the Land O'Lakes jail, where he's been since June 9 on an unrelated charge of burglary with assault or battery. Aponte-Rodriguez was charged with another burglary count and violating his probation, and remained Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

Police: DNA links New Port Richey man to stolen bike 07/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 3:43pm]

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