The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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February 6, 2014

Alleged burglar held for 2012 local crime spree

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Mitchell and Rose also collaborated in a July 2012 burglary and theft at the Second Baptist Church in Clinton, according to the ex-girlfriend. The church reported multiple guitars, amps, microphones and electrical cords stolen, estimated at $5,975 in value. She said she transported Mitchell and Rose the night they stole the musical equipment, loading the equipment in her van. She later transported Mitchell and the items to Dubuque, where he sold the items to the local business Uncle Ikes, she said.

The stolen items were found at the business in October, the police report says. Store owners said they were unaware they purchased stolen items and produced a receipt signed by Mitchell.

For his role in the four-wheeler theft, Rose was arrested on a warrant and served prison time for two counts of second-degree theft and possession of firearms by a felon.

On Sept. 4, 2012, Hardees on Second Street in Clinton reported unknown people entered the premises overnight and stole money from the restaurant’s safe. Police found broken glass at the restaurant upon investigation.

A former Hardee’s manager told police she gave Mitchell a key to the restaurant and the alarm code, and admitted conspiring with Mitchell during the incident. The former manager said Mitchell told her to wait at Wal-Mart during the burglary “so she would have an alibi.” After the incident, the former manager received $700 from Mitchell, court documents state.

Police obtained a search warrant for Mitchell’s former residence at 708 First Ave., Clinton, in October 2012. They found masks matching those worn by burglars in the surveillance tape and a television stolen from the Fifth Avenue residence.

Mitchell has been held due to a previous arrest in April 2013. Clinton County extradited him from Dubuque County on their warrants for his Feb. 4 court appearance.

Mitchell appeared in Clinton County District Court on Tuesday and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

Each burglary and theft charge is a class D felony, which carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment and a maximum $7,500 fine. Mitchell also faces a charge of ongoing criminal activity — facilitation of a criminal network, a class B felony, with a possible penalty of up to 25 years in prison.

The court will appoint an attorney to represent Mitchell.

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