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DNA that was found at a burglary site in Evanston ultimately led to the arrest of a Chicago man who has been charged with a felony count of commercial burglary.

The crime took place on March 3 at Visiting Angels in the 500 block of Davis Street.

Taken in the burglary was a credit card, a television, a mirror, and a cord for a Kindle.

While processing the scene, an evidence technician recovered evidence that contained a sample of a suspect’s DNA, according to Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew.

The sample was sent to the crime lab, Glew said, which was able to identify the DNA as belonging to Brian Rowlett., 43, who lives in the 1400 block of West Estes Avenue in Chicago. There was no legal reason that Rowlett’s DNA would be at the scene, Glew added.

He said that Rowlett was in custody in Cook County Jail for an unrelated burglary that happened elsewhere.

Evanston detectives transported Rowlett to the Evanston Police Department for further investigation, Glew said. Despite the fact that Rowlett did not make an admission, Glew said, the DNA evidence led the Cook County State’s Attorney to approve one count of Commercial Burglary.

Rowlett is due to appear in Skokie court on July 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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