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Published May 18, 2012, 07:12 PM

Blood on Broken Glass Leads Police to Arrest in EGF Burglaries

EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Bond was set Friday at $50,000 for a Grand Forks man after police used blood left at the scene of an East Grand Forks burglary to match his DNA.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Bond was set Friday at $50,000 for a Grand Forks man after police used blood left at the scene of an East Grand Forks burglary to match his DNA.

Ethan Edward Nicholson, 26, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary.

In November and December last year, Nicholson allegedly burglarized two different homes in East Grand Forks.

Between November 4 and 12, Nicholson went into a home through an unlocked walk-in garage door and took a video camera and several items of jewelry, totaling about $2,900. The owners of the home weren't there at the time.

Nicholson also allegedly broke into a home in East Grand Forks by throwing a rock through a basement window. He cut himself on the broken glass and blood was later found on the glass, on a cord to the window's drapes and on the nearby wall.

Drawers in the bathroom and kitchen were rifled through but according to the criminal complaint, nothing was taken from the home.

Investigating officers sent a piece of the bloody glass to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for testing. DNA from the blood was the same as in Nicholson's blood from a database.

An investigator met with Nicholson in late April and questioned him about the two burglaries. Nicholson initially denied his involvement, but eventually told police that he went into the home in November looking for prescription pills. He said he went to the home and knocked on the door. When no one answered, he went into the home through the unlocked door.

Nicholson also admitted to the second burglary, saying he cut his wrist on the window. He said he took two prescription pill bottles from the home, but the homeowner later told authorities that there weren't any medications missing.

Nicholson has prior convictions for criminal trespass, theft, burglary and theft of a vehicle.

He appeared in Polk County District Court in Crookston on Friday.

Nicholson could face 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both on each charge.

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