Sirens & Gavels

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011, 6 P.M.

DNA on shorts link man to store burglary

A Spokane man linked to a burglary by a pair of shorts left near the scene has pleaded guilty to theft.

 Samuel Sidney Allman IV, 23, will be sentenced Jan. 10 in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene after pleading guilty Tuesday to theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Allman broke into the Benewah Market on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho, on Aug. 22 and stole $1,740 from registers.

Store alarms alerted Coeur d'Alene Tribal police officers, who found a pair of shorts in an alley next to the market. DNA on the shorts was determined to belong to Allman through FBI forensic analysis. Store surveillance video showed Allman wearing the shorts as he broke into the store and stole cash, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office

The Benewah Market is owned by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

Allman faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a sentence within the guideline, which is likely much less than five years.

The plea deal also calls for a felony burglary and car theft case in Spokane County filed in July to be dismissed after Allman pleads guilty and pays $3,950 in restitution.

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