Man indicted on 3 burglary charges

Norwalk man charged in burglaries from 2008, 2010 and 2012, thanks to new law involving DNA samples.
Scott Seitz
Mar 4, 2013

A Norwalk man recently was indicted on three separate burglary charges.

Dale McClaflin, 39, of 12 Reed St., is facing three third-degree felony charges for burglaries which took place in 2008, 2010 and 2012, according to Huron County Sheriff's Detective Bill Duncan.

Duncan said the 2008 burglary involved McClaflin allegedly stealing about $1,000 in cash from a family member's home on Butler Road in Clarksfield Township.

Duncan said there was DNA in the form of blood collected at the scene of the 2008 crime.

In July 2012, Duncan said a new law came into effect which allowed law enforcement to take DNA samples from booked felons.

"McClaflin's DNA matched that DNA from the 2008 case," Duncan said.

McClaflin recently admitted to a burglary which occurred on Ferry Road in Clarksfield Township in September 2010.

"There just wasn't enough evidence then," Duncan said.

Duncan presented the case along with new evidence to McClaflin recently and he "wanted to cooperate."

About $200 to $400 in cash was stolen from the Ferry Road location.

A third indictment involved McClaflin's role in stealing a safe from a New London location.

"New London police handled that," Duncan said.

Duncan said Deputy Chuck Summers, retired Detective Ricky Sexton, himself along with New London police worked all these cases.

"These burglaries were drug-motivated," he said.

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