Trail of blood at scene leads police to burglary suspect

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OHIO TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Police said a trail of blood led them to a burglary suspect in Ohio Township.

According to the criminal complaint, Robert Szilagyi cut himself while breaking into Lewis Betcher’s apartment to steal guns last month.

“I’m angry about it. It’s like a betrayal and a bad feeling,” Betcher said.

Investigators said Szilagyi, 49, left behind a trail of blood and DNA evidence that allowed detectives to identify him.

Police said hours before the burglary, Szilagyi also asked Betcher if he could borrow the guns to get revenge on someone who was holding his property.

“He wanted me to go on some cockamamie idea. Like I would loan him my weapons to go do this. I looked at him and said, ‘Are you nuts?’” Betcher said.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Szilagyi’s home and found the stolen guns inside, the complaint said.

Szilagyi is facing charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. He has a court date scheduled for March 14.