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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/23/2013 

 DNA Test Reveals Burglar’s Identity 


On Monday, October 21, 2013, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Todd William Clark, DOB 09/27/1972, 309 Lake Howard Drive NW, Winter Haven, charging him with Grand Theft and Business Burglary. 

On 05/19/2013, Marc’s Auto Repair/Thrift Store was burglarized.  Approximately $500.00 in miscellaneous items were stolen to include a child’s bicycle, stuffed animals along with several CD’s and DVD’s. It was also learned several outgoing calls from the business to an unfamiliar number were made during the time of the burglary. 

A pair of jeans, a shirt and a pair of socks were discovered in the bathroom of the business, none of which the business owners could identify.  It appeared the unknown suspect had undressed prior to leaving the scene. The discarded clothing was collected as evidence.  

The discarded clothing was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement regarding DNA testing.  The results were returned in September 2013.  DNA on the clothing was a positive match for Clark.  Clark’s criminal arrest history includes 21 felony charges, 13 misdemeanor charges and 15 charges with an unknown level, and one failure to appear.  His past charges range from Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, Petit Theft, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Grand Theft Auto, Battery, Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, multiple Drug related offenses, and Trespassing to Disorderly Intoxication. Clark has been to state prison three times, in 1994, 2001, and 2008. 

Detectives located Clark and arranged to meet him at the PCSO Central District office where a post Miranda interview was conducted.  Clark told detectives he had consumed a large amount of alcohol, illegal narcotics and controlled substances the night of the burglary telling detectives he did not “remember” committing the burglary, but remembered the clothing he wore the night of the incident which positively matched the clothing found in the business.   

Clark told detectives he remembered being completely unclothed (except for boxer shorts) in the area of Lake Howard Drive (Winter Haven) the morning after the incident occurred.  Clark was placed under arrest and transported to the Polk County Jail without further incident.  He has since bonded out of jail.