DNA links suspect to 2017 Hilton Head Island burglary

Stephen Wilson (BCSO)

A DNA test has linked a suspect to a 2017 Spanish Wells Plantation, Hilton Head Island burglary, according to an advisory.

In October 2017, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputies say they took a report of a burglary that happened at a home in Spanish Wells Plantation. The homeowners said one or several people entered the home and stole over $50,000 in jewelry.

Deputies responded to the scene, where they processed for forensic evidence, which included swabbing various items for DNA that were likely handled by the suspect(s). Investigators then submitted that evidence to the Sheriff's Office Forensic Services Laboratory for examination, deputies say.

DNA analysts found the same unknown male DNA profile on a few of the items submitted. When they entered that profile into the DNA database, it matched the known DNA profile of Stephen Wilson, 47, who had been arrested in March 2018 for a burglary at a home in Hilton Head Plantation, according to the advisory.

After obtaining this information, investigators met with a Beaufort County Magistrate on Dec. 3, who then issued a warrant for Wilson's arrest for burglary second degree, deputies say.

Deputies were able to locate and arrest Wilson Monday in Beaufort, S.C. for that active warrant. He was transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center and incarcerated without incident. He was released Tuesday morning on his own recognizance following his bond hearing for the burglary charge.



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