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Fingerprints on soda can help detectives catch burglar

North Port, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a North Port man who was identified by fingerprints left at the scene of a crime.

Sarasota Sheriff's detectives say early Tuesday morning, someone broke into a 91-year-old woman's home on Lord Street in Englewood. During their investigation, deputies discovered the suspect had left a soda can on the workbench in the woman's garage before using a chisel to pry open the door to the home and steal items from the living room, kitchen and bedroom while she slept.

The next day, latent print technicians identified two fingerprints that belonged to 27-year-old James Santo, of North Port. Detectives then found out Santo had pawned several pieces of the woman's stolen jewelry including her wedding ring, which she kept in a jewelry box on her dresser.

Detectives arrested Santo on Friday and charged him with Occupied Burglary, Dealing in Stolen Property and Providing False Information to a Pawn Broker.

Santo already had an arrest warrant issued for him for stealing checks from an 82-year-old man earlier this year, so he has also been charged with two counts of Forgery and one count of Criminal Use of Personal Identification.