A Sandusky man was arrested Sunday for a February carjacking after investigators found his DNA on a cup he tossed to the ground just before the theft.
Darryl Wiggins, 51, of East Adams Street, was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony, and theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.
A 47-year-old Huron man stopped at the Cleveland Road Hy-Miler the evening of Feb. 22 to buy a pack of cigarettes. When he stepped back outside after making his purchase, however, he was met with an unexpected scene.
The man watched as a thief, later identified as Wiggins, hopped into his Chevy Suburban and began to pull away.
The SUV owner gave chase, catching up to the vehicle as it drove off down Roosevelt Street. He managed to partially slide in the passenger seat, but Wiggins sped up, made a hard left turn and sent the man tumbling to the pavement, according to a Sandusky police report.
A Sandusky police officer located the vehicle two days later in the 1000 block of Harrison St., but Wiggins was nowhere in sight and it appeared it had been parked there for several hours, the report said.
But investigators were busy working on a different angle.
Surveillance from the gas station showed Wiggins toss a piece of trash on the ground just before he allegedly stole the Suburban.
Officers ultimately collected a brown paper bag containing a cup and straw from the lot. They sent those items to an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab, and in mid-May, agents were able to obtain a match to Wiggins, the report said.
He was arrested Sunday on robbery and thefts warrants, then taken to the Erie County jail.
Wiggins remains behind bars on a $25,000 bond.