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DNA on gum leads to arrest in burglary SEBRING - DNA found on a piece of gum disposed of at the scene of discarded stolen items from a burglary led to an arrest, according to a report released Monday. Phillip Michael Retterer, 38, 4523 Sturgeon Drive, Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Officer on a warrant and charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and petit theft. The arrest stemmed from a woman reporting that someone broke into her car in February and then stealing an iPod, $100 in cash, a spare tire and other items, the report said.
The victim reported discovering that the thief discarded the tire nearby and that a piece of gum was in the tire well, the report said. Results from a DNA test of the gum conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement pointed to Retterer, the report said. Man arrested on assault charges AVON PARK - A man who claimed that two teenage girls robbed him and stole his beer ended up being arrested on charges that he assaulted them, according to a report released Monday. Eddie Evans, 54, 300 Fred Conner St., Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of battery and criminal mischief. Before the arrest, deputies had met with Evans at a church, where he told them about the supposed robbery by the two teenagers, the report said. But when deputies talked to the teenagers they alleged that Evans had attacked them and that he threatened them with what appeared to be a knife, the report said. Further evidence tended to support their version of events, the report said. Man arrested on drug, theft charges SEBRING - A man was arrested July 19 after authorities found drugs and a stolen weapon at a residence, according to a report released July 19. Greg Randivan Elliott, 28, 3425 Healey St., Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with grand theft of a firearm, dealing in stolen property, distribution of marijuana, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest came after deputies found a large bag containing marijuana and a pistol that was reported stolen out of Broward County. The report said that the arrest came after deputies got information during an investigation into the death of Dave Hayles on July 19. However, authorities gave no indication that Elliott had any connection with the death. The sheriff's office was releasing little information regarding the death of Hayles.