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Man questioned on one robbery, admits to another

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By Alice Du Pont

Back in mid-August, Howard Marshall, 50, was a busy man. According to the Quincy Police Department, he was busy burglarizing local businesses.

Howard's deeds on Aug. 20 and 23 have caught up with him thanks to DNA and modern technology. According to a report on file with the Quincy Police Department, officers were called to Captain D's Restaurant in reference to a burglary on Aug. 20.

When officers arrived, they found broken glass and missing property. There were also drops of blood inside the safe and what was left of a partially-smoked cigarette. Officer Delwynn Hall collected the blood samples and the cigarette butt and sent it off for DNA testing.

On Aug. 23, officers were called to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on West Jefferson Street in reference to a burglary, but no evidence was collected.

Last month, the test results came back and pointed directly to Marshall through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's data base for convicted offenders.

Marshall was already a suspect in the Aug. 23 burglary of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, a crime he admitted to committing when questioned by police. He was adamant, however, that he did not break into Captain D's, even after Hall presented him with the DNA evidence.

Marshall has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief.