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Local police solves two 'cold cases'

Never give up.

The Sylvania Police Department has made arrests recently in two cases that had gone cold.

In the first instance, DNA was use to make an arrest in a 6-year-old burglary case.

Wendell Johnson, 49, N. Elm Street, has been charged with burglary and accused of shattering the front door at Gary’s Mini Mart on Aug. 3, 2003. An alarm sounded and Johnson left without taking anything from the store, but about $350 worth of damage was done to the door, said Sylvania Police Lt. Tony Taylor.

The arrest was made because blood on the shattered door glass matched Johnson’s in a federal database.

“Persistence pays off,” said Police Chief Gary Weaver. “The Sylvania Police Department will never quit on a case even if they have to cold case it for a while.”

Johnson was jailed for a residential burglary in Sylvania when the DNA samples were taken, Taylor said. When police learned of the DNA match to the burglary at Gary’s, Johnson was on parole and police found him and arrested him.

Gary’s has been hit several times,” Taylor said. “We want to do what we can for him.”

Meanwhile, Sylvania Police are on the way to clearing another cold case by making an arrest in a 3-year-old aggravated assault case.

Office Shane Burke recently spotted Cordell Andreaus Flowers, 28, as he was walking along Ogeechee Street and recognized him as someone who was wanted for an aggravated assault in 2006.

Burke arrested Flowers, of Cutters Lane. He is accused of fighting with another man in a dispute over a woman, Taylor said.