DNA evidence leads to grand theft charge for jailed man

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man in custody in South Florida is now facing charges in Flagler County thanks to DNA evidence.

Alford Leon Jenkins, 71, is charged with grand theft and organized fraud, according to a release from Flagler County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Commander Bob Weber.

Jenkins was alleged to be involved in an October 2013 incident in which $6,000 was taken from a woman. The DNA hit on Jenkins came from Touch DNA evidence collected from the woman's car, according to the case report.

The incident began when a man approached a woman in the parking lot of Wells Fargo on Palm Coast Parkway, asking her if she knew the location of an address written on an envelope that he claimed contained cash.

Another man then walked up and said he knew where the address was, but would need a ride there. That man said his "boss" would give a $15,000 reward for finding the money, but he needed to see money first, according to the release.

At this point, they convinced the woman to go into the bank and withdraw $6,000 to show to the boss. The two men rode with the victim to Advanced Hearing Center to speak to the "boss." The woman went inside while the two men waited outside. She learned the business had no other employees there and when she went back outside, the two men and her $6,000 were gone.

The DNA samples collected from the victim's car were analyzed by DNA Labs International and usable samples were entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Jenkins' DNA was on file and found to be a match, the release said.


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