Islamorada burglar identified by blood left at the scene

Sheriff’s detectives say they have charged an Islamorada man after his blood was identified at the scene of the convenience store burglary.

When the owner of Tiny’s Convenience Store arrived at work at 6 a.m. on October 21st, he found the large front window of the store broken out and cigar boxes all over the floor. The suspect had apparently cut himself on the window because there was blood on the floor of the store, near a rack of cigarettes. More blood was found in the parking lot and there was a strong odor of bleach from where the suspect appeared to have tried to wash the blood away.

During the subsequent investigation, a man who works nearby told Detective Patrick Crozier 46 year old Thomas Phillips, who lives in the same neighborhood as he does, told him he had broken into the store. The witness said Phillips asked him if he thought bleach would “kill blood”, and told him all he’d gotten from the store was a bunch of cigarettes.

Blood collected at the scene was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Recently, a report from FDLE revealed DNA from the blood was matched to Phillips, who was already in jail on other charges. Phillips was further charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

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