NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
October 20, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     Blood collected off broken glass at the scene of a Mary Esther drug store break-in January 7th has led to the arrest of a Fort Walton Beach man.

    The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 26-year old Evan Murat Strickland of 521 SW Miracle Strip Parkway with burglary and petty larceny.

     Someone entered the Mary Esther CVS Pharmacy on January 7th by smashing the front door with a newspaper vending machine. Once inside, he grabbed a twelve pack of beer and took off.

     Blood collected from the broken glass at the crime scene was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Lab for DNA analysis. The DNA profile was entered into CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System, and a possible match with Strickland was found.

    The Sheriff's Office investigator got a voluntary DNA sample from Strickland and confirmed the match.