Driscoll said residents of the second burglary were surprised when they arrived home to find the half-eaten piece of ham on their corner.
“Both of them had a ‘wait a minute’ moment and turned it over to detectives who sent it off to the lab,” Driscoll said.
That’s when the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation used DNA-evidence on the ham and utensils to identify Marlowe. DNA found on a piece of food left behind at a crime scene is a first for Clark County, Driscoll said.
“We’ve seen cases of stolen food or drinks, but I’ve never seen a case of getting a DNA hit off of a piece of food that was left behind,” Driscoll said.
Marlowe will be sentenced on Aug. 2. He was not listed as an inmate in the Clark County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.