A Gastonia man currently serving prison time faces charges McDowell after DNA tests linked him to a gas station robbery last year, authorities said Monday.

Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Danny Ray Moore Jr., 25, of Gastonia, with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods and injury to personal property.

On April 22, 2017, it was reported that someone broke into West Court #4, on N.C. 226 South in Nebo, and stole 40 cartons of cigarettes valued at $1,800.

The suspect cut himself during the break-in and left blood at the scene. Brown said she was able to link Moore to the crime through his DNA, which had already been in the system.

Moore is currently serving a maximum one year and 11 months in prison on obtaining property under false pretense and post-release revocation charges in Gaston County. He has previous convictions for larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and common law robbery.

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