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Suspect identified in Lauderdale County gun shop burglary

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Kenneth Clay Roden

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – After months of investigating and awaiting forensics results, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department believes they have developed suspects in a gun shop burglary.

And according to investigators, one of the men is already in custody in Colbert County.

In March, dozens of guns were stolen from White’s Trading Post in Greenhill during an overnight burglary.

Surveillance equipment caught two men on camera smashing displays to gather up the guns.

Blood splatter from one of the suspects helped investigators catch one of the men.

“When one has been through the system before and has their DNA on file with AFIS and it’s ran, it’s easily identifiable,” stated Chief investigator Travis Clemmons.

Investigators said 51-year-old Kenneth Clay Roden was identified through DNA testing performed by the state forensics department.

According to Clemmons, Roden is being held in the Colbert County Jail on charges of burglary and theft, and will be charged in Lauderdale County when released.

“He’s looking at burglary, theft of property 1st degree,” explained Clemmons, “And will also be facing some federal charges also.”

Clemmons said they are now seeking out the second person who was seen on video burglarizing White’s Trading Post.

He believes they will be talking to that person real soon.

The ATF has contacted investigators about the possibility of charging Roden with federal charges, before the state of Alabama.