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DNA leads to arrest in year-old robbery

DNA evidence has led to an arrest in a year-old robbery at a Burlington County store.

Evesham Township police said the DNA was collected at the scene of the Jan. 19, 2014, robbery at the T.J. Maxx store on Route 73.

That evidence was sent to the New Jersey State Police laboratory and now, more than a year later, has led to an arrest in the case, police said.

Authorities said 30-year-old Colby Rodgers, of Mount Laurel, was taken into custody earlier this month after U.S. Marshals found him in a Camden apartment.

Rodgers is charged with second-degree robbery and is being held at the Burlington County Jail on $150,000 bail.

Surveillance video released shortly after the incident last year shows the robber throwing a landscaping rock into a glass jewelry case and trying to flee before being tackled by a witness.

Police said the suspect put more than $25,000 worth of watches inside a bag before trying to run from the store. After a struggle with the witness, the suspect got away, leaving behind the merchandise, police said.