Barlow man charged with multiple break-ins
A Barlow man has been arrested and charged with burglaries in McCracken and Ballard Counties on Wednesday, March 26th.
According to a McCracken County Sheriff’s Department report, the department had been investigating some daytime residential break-ins over the past several weeks, including the latest break-in that occurred on March 25, 2014 at 8155 New Liberty Church Road. Deputies and detectives discovered that forced entry was made into the residence and subsequently four firearms were taken from the residence.
Further investigation revealed that a neighbor in this area had observed an older model blue Chevy Camaro in the area during the time of the burglary that appeared out of place and acting suspicious in nature. Due to the geographical location of the burglary, detectives contacted the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department to make them aware of this vehicle description.
On the late afternoon of March 26, 2014, Deputy Trent Grief, with the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department, located what was believed to possibly be the Camaro in question parked at an apartment in the Barlow community of Ballard County. Deputy Grief contacted McCracken detectives, who also responded to assist with further investigation. A short time later, deputies and detectives made contact with who was identified as being Michael V. Mitchell of Barlow. A search of Mitchell’s apartment and vehicle revealed multiple pieces of evidence and items of stolen property that were identified as having been taken from multiple different residences in Ballard County.
Mitchell was transported to the sheriff’s department where he was interviewed by detectives at which time he confessed to being responsible for multiple home burglaries between Ballard and McCracken County.
Specifically in McCracken County, Mitchell confessed to forcing entry into two different residences on New Liberty Church Road (one being on or about January 24th, and the other on March 25th). Mitchell assisted detectives in the recovery of a majority of the stolen guns that had been taken from these residences in both Ballard and McCracken County. Mitchell explained that the majority of these residences were targeted due to him having prior access to the homes while working at his place of employment. Mitchell was employed by a plumber but had been terminated several months ago. Mitchell used this prior knowledge to select the residences he burglarized.
Detectives worked into the early morning hours of March 27th, recovering multiple guns, televisions, and other stolen items from numerous locations in both Ballard and McCracken County.
Mitchell was arrested and lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail. He is charged with 6 counts of burglary 1st degree, three counts of burglary 2nd degree, four counts of theft by unlawful taking over $500, and two counts of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree.
After further investigation, Mitchell was also charged with theft of a controlled substance, a class D felony. According to police reports, Mitchell admitted to taking Xanax from a homeowner while inside a McCracken County resident’s home in the 8300 block of Woodville Road last August doing plumbing work. After the work had been completed, the Xanax had been reported as stolen by the homeowner.
Public awareness to being a good witness and observant to what was going on in their neighborhood, great working law enforcement relationships and communication all worked together for one common goal and resulted in a successful outcome, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department report. Over a dozen burglaries and or thefts were solved and thousands of dollars in merchandise was recovered as a result of this investigation.
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely. The Ballard County Sheriff’s office is asking that if anyone in the public has had items missing, namely firearms, jewelry, coins, or cash since January 1st, to please call the sheriff’s office and report the missing items.