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Bud Light can leads police to burglary suspect

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Posted at 12:52 PM, May 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-13 18:57:35-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS -- A 34-year-old man suspected of holding three people at gunpoint during a burglary is behind bars, and police said DNA evidence taken from a beer can helped put him there.

Timothy Chadd Ellis now faces several charges, including aggravated kidnapping, burglary and robbery - all stemming from a December burglary on Salt Lake County's east bench.

Prosecutors said Ellis was in the process of a burglarizing a home in late December when the owners' children came to check on the property.  Ellis allegedly held the three siblings at gunpoint for about an hour before he left in a Honda.

Detectives found a Bud Light can allegedly left behind by Ellis and took it to a private crime lab, where investigators said they found a match with Ellis' DNA.

Police from several agencies are now looking at Ellis as a potential suspect in a series of similar unsolved crimes.

In some  instances, the suspects would spend a whole day or more ransacking a residence for things like furniture, couches, beds, linens and electronics.

Ellis was booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on Monday on a $250,000 warrant.