DNA hit brings arrest for robbery

DNA hit brings arrest for robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man's DNA left behind at an Urbana drug store late last year has led to his arrest for robbery.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said he learned recently from the Illinois State Crime Lab that blood left at Walgreen's, 302 E. University Ave., U, was found to contain DNA that matched that of Levester Pettigrew, 56, who listed an address in the 1600 block of King's Way.

Smysor said that in the early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2014, a man came in the Walgreen's and asked a clerk for change. When the male clerk opened the register, the man reached across the counter and snatched a handful of $20 bills.

Smysor said the clerk then jumped over the counter and got into a fight with the robber, bloodying his nose in the process. The clerk also had grabbed the man by his jacket but the robber was able to wiggle out of it before running from the store.

Police found the robber's blood on the clerk's shirt and had the robber's jacket, both of which the crime lab looked at.

Smysor said he arrested Pettigrew Tuesday morning at the courthouse when Pettigrew went to see his probation officer. In October, he was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to forgery.

He is expected to be formally charged Wednesday.

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billbtri5 wrote on July 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

good follow up police work....