The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 22, 2013

DNA links Selinsgrove man to 2010 burglary

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — Blood smears on a blanket inside a burglarized travel trailer in Shady Nook led law enforcement to a suspect who confessed when confronted with the DNA test results.

State police at Selinsgrove said Michael J. Stahl, 33, of 512 N. High St., Selinsgrove, admitted he broke into the Monroe Township property owned by Kyle Deklinski in late June, 2010, and stole items worth about $900.

Police allege Stahl broke into a secured screen porch of Deklinski’s riverfront cottage and removed an Optima projection television and screen and surround-sound system.

Stahl’s also accused of breaking a window to enter Deklinski’s locked camper from which he stole a half-gallon of Tequila and vandalizing the interior.

He cut himself during the break-in and left several large blood smears on a blanket. The blood was tested and DNA tests linked Stahl to the crime, court records said.

Stahl is scheduled to appear a preliminary hearing Sept. 3 before District Judge John H. Reed on felony burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property and summary criminal mischief charges.