A hat left at a burglary scene in 2011 led to a suspect in a home break-in.
Patrick Melton, 47, of the 2900 block of Santiago in , was charged Sunday with second-degree burglary and felony stealing.
St. Louis County Police said Melton was identified as a suspect in a March 24, 2011 burglary by a DNA match from a hat left at the home in the 10500 block of New Halls Ferry Road. The home is in unincorporated St. Louis County near the Old Halls Ferry Road intersection.
Police said the victim arrived at home to find two broken windows; discovered a television, game system and lawn care items missing from the home; and a hat that did not belong to anyone living in the home.
Bond for Melton was set at $30,000.
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