Bank burglar busted; wanted out of Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties

6:29 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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Brooksville, FL-- Just a couple days after the Christmas holiday, 10 News told you about a burglar that at least five police agencies were working to find. 

The man was wanted for breaking into at least nine banks across Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties after hours, though officials have yet to say if he took anything from any of the locations.

Two weeks later, Hernando County officials announced that the suspect, 44-year-old Tyrone Michael Brinkley, was caught after they were able to trace his DNA, taken from two separate Hernando bank burglaries, to an arrest made in North Carolina back in 2004. 

Brinkley was reportedly arrested for the same thing and spent time in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for his crimes.

After receiving the suspect's information from Durham, N.C. Police Department, Hernando deputies searched the suspect's home and found the clothing and tools seen in the surveillance footage from the burglaries.

"Criminology teaches us that a suspect always leaves evidence at the scene of a crime. Here is another example where technology was used to find, collect and process that evidence allowing us to put a serial burglar behind bars," said Sheriff Al Nienhuis.   

Our Forensics Unit, along with several other members of the Sheriff's Office, can take credit for solving this multi-county case."

The Brooksville Police Department, Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Durham Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the FBI all worked together to crack this case. 

At this time, Brinkley is being held without bond at the Polk County Jail on charges of Burglary and Driving without a License. 

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