Thirsty burglary suspect arrested after leaving soda bottle behind

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A bottle of orange soda led police to a man suspected of breaking into a southwest Columbus home.

Someone smashed out the rear glass door at the home on Tall Meadows Drive on December 12, 2014, according to police.

According to court documents, the homeowner noticed that someone drank from a previously unopened 2-liter bottle of Orange soda. Police were able to take DNA from the bottle and submit it to the police lab.

DNA results returned on February 4 linked 31-year-old Loren Michael Chandler to the crime. He was arrested and charged with burglary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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