DNA test cracks Central Whidbey burglary case

A 38-year-old suspected of burglarizing a Coupeville residence was caught thanks to DNA evidence.

A 38-year-old man who is suspected of burglarizing a Coupeville residence was caught thanks to DNA evidence, according to court documents.

On Jan. 22, a judge in Island County Superior Court authorized a $100,000 arrest warrant on Dustin J. Rayburn of Carnation, Washington. He was arrested and appeared in court Jan. 30; the judge maintained his bail at $100,000.

Prosecutors charged Rayburn with residential burglary of an occupied residence and theft in the first degree. If convicted of the charges against him, Rayburn could spend 33 to 43 months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

Rayburn has an extensive criminal history, including past adjudications for residential burglary, firearm possession, tampering with a witness and violation of an anti-harassment protection order, according to court documents.

Last March, a deputy from the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a Coupeville woman who witnessed someone breaking into her home. According to the report, the burglar broke in through the back door, stole some items and headed up to her bedroom. The woman was home alone at the time of the incident and scared the burglar when he entered her bedroom, causing him to run away from the house.

Deputies found blood on the downstairs carpet and on the broken door. The evidence was sent in for DNA testing, which identified a positive match for Rayburn and another unknown individual, the deputy’s report states.

Investigators did not have a suspect in the case before the DNA results came back.

According to the deputy’s report, an assortment of coins, swords, knives and other items were stolen, with an estimated total value of $12,035. The day after the break-in, an estate sale was held at the residence.