Stillwater C.S.I.

DNA blood evidence leads to arrest of Nye burglary suspect
By: 
Marlo Pronovost

Blood left on a broken window at a burglary scene in Nye has led to the arrest of a suspect in the case.

Stetson Lee Hubbard, 27, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last week and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of burglary and theft, and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, in connection with a 2014 burglary case in Nye.

Hubbard was served with the Stillwater County warrant when he was incarcerated on other charges in Colorado. As of Wednesday, he remained in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000.

 

THE CASE

According to court documents, on Dec. 2, 2014, the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a window broken on a home on Limestone Road in Nye. Deputy Ren Crain responded and found the home had been forcible entered. Heavy snowfall showed two different shoe impressions outside of the home, which Crain photographed.

A neighbor opened the home, as the owner was out-of-state. Crain observed property had been pulled from cabinets, and drawers had been left open throughout the house. A large TV was missing.

A broken window was determined to be the point of entry. Crain photographed and collected blood samples from the area and sent them to the Montana Department of Justice Forensic Science Division.

Six days later, police were summoned back to the home when a neighbor who had been cleaning discovered a small writing pad that had been overlooked initially. Written on the pad was “I O U LOTS IM SORRY,” according to court documents. In all, property missing included the TV, a five-surround sound speaker system, a CD player, a VCR, 10 VCR movies and 20 CDs, according to court documents.

Four months after sending off the blood evidence, Crain was notified by the state forensic lab that the DNA on the glass was a match to Hubbard, a Colorado “arrestee” who was identified through the national DNA Index System, according to court documents.

The Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office had multiple contacts with Hubbard before and after the burglary.

Stillwater County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Woody Claunch tracked Hubbard down to a jail in Brighton, Colo., and enlisted the help of law enforcement there in interviewing Hubbard about the Stillwater case.

According to court documents, Hubbard told Colorado authorities that “he remembered driving around drunk one night” and getting his vehicle stuck.

He knocked on the door of “a brown house” and when he got no answer, he entered the home and went to sleep, according to court documents.

When asked if he took anything from the home, Hubbard said when he woke up “he had a flat screen TV in his truck” and also took movies and a blanket.

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