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DNA from sunglasses links undocumented migrant to string of burglaries in Martin County

Oscar Amaya-Guevara, 41, facing charges for 3 burglaries
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Posted at 8:58 AM, Jun 06, 2024

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A 41-year-old undocumented migrant from Honduras is facing charges after DNA from a pair of sunglasses linked him to the scene of a residential burglary in Martin County, deputies said.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations detectives said Oscar Amaya-Guevara is responsible for three burglaries in the area.

They said the first burglary occurred in a residential community on Duncan Street in Hobe Sound in November 2023. WPTV spoke to the victim in that case who said she came home and found a man standing in her hallway holding a pillow case full of family belongings.

Following that crime, two other burglaries occurred in the same area, deputies said.

Amaya-Guevara, who is already in the Martin County Jail, is facing charges in one of those burglaries and quickly became the main suspect in the other two cases, deputies said.

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Suspect sought in home burglary in Hobe Sound.

According to the sheriff's office, Amaya-Guevara is the same man who broke into a house where a teenager was staying back in January. The startled teen confronted the burglar and was able to live stream video of Amaya-Guevara to her father as the suspect threw her to the ground, deputies said. Shortly after that incident, detectives located Amaya-Guevara and he was arrested.

Using his DNA, detectives were able to match the DNA taken from the sunglasses in the third residential burglary, positively identifying Amaya-Guevara as the burglar, deputies said.

In addition to the criminal charges, Oscar Amaya-Guevara is on a Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.