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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DNA Leads to Arrest in 2011 Armed Robbery

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Derek Forsythe: held on $35,000 bond. Westport Police photo

The long arm of the law seems to have gotten longer with the arrest of a Weston man today based on DNA evidence found after a 2011 armed robbery of Westport’s Merritt Country Store.

Derek Forsythe, 26, whose last know address was 73 Georgetown Road, was arrested after police obtained “a DNA hit on a shirt and mask that was worn by the perpetrator and discarded on the roadway after the incident,” said Capt. Vincent Penna.

Penna said state’s forensic laboratory advised the police that the DNA on the items matched a known offender in its database, after which a search warrant was obtained for samples of the suspect’s DNA. Further testing confirmed the results of the initial test, Penna said.

Charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny, Forsythe, who is currently incarcerated on multiple unrelated charges, had a $35,000 bond placed on him Norwalk Superior Court, where the arrest warrant was served.

The Merritt Country Store robbery occurred Sept. 29, 2011 and netted the robber $200, police said at the time (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2011.)

Three weeks later, the store was robbed again. Police arrested two Westport men in that stickup that netted about $100 in small bills. (See WestpotNow Oct. 20, 2011)

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