A man accused of burglarizing a Clayton church in 2012 is in custody thanks to DNA evidence and cooperation between the Clayton and Smithfield Police Departments.
George Stanton Ribar, 39, of Clayton was arrested Thursday night and charged with felony larceny and felony breaking and entering a place of religious worship.
The charges stem from a burglary reported February 4, 2012, in which someone broke into Everett Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and stole a $420 Canon camcorder.
The burglar broke into the church through a glass door, and Clayton Police recovered blood evidence at the scene. The Clayton Police Department submitted the blood to the State Bureau of Investigation for DNA analysis, and received word in 2015 that the SBI had found a possible match.
Clayton Police followed up by issuing a warrant to swab for DNA, and then submitted the new evidence to the SBI for analysis.
On Thursday, Clayton Police issued a warrant for Ribar after the SBI reportedly matched his DNA to the blood found at the scene of the burglary.
Clayton Police got information that Ribar was staying at a Smithfield motel, and the Smithfield Police Department picked Ribar up at the motel Thursday night.
Ribar was taken to the Johnston County Jail and placed under a $60,000 bond.