Released By Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
In January of 2019, detectives with the Osceola County Sheriff’s office investigated an occupied burglary and exploitation of the elderly case. The suspect, identified as Gary Mitchell along with an accomplice, contacted the victim outside their residence. The two subjects offered to clean the victim’s driveway for $225. Once the job was completed and the males were paid, the victim went back into her residence. Once inside, the suspects entered the garage and took the victim’s pressure washer. A warrant was issued for Gary Mitchell for Occupied burglary, exploitation of the elderly and grand theft. The victim’s pressure washer was located and returned.
The same subjects were involved in another similar incident. The subjects contacted another elderly couple at their residence and offered to pressure wash their driveway. One of the suspects asked to use the victim’s bathroom while the job was being done. Several days later the victim called the Sheriff’s Office to report that their residence was burglarized. During the burglary, $34,000 worth of jewelry was stolen including a Rolex watch. Evidence from the scene linked Sonny Mitchell to the crime. Gary and Sonny Mitchell are father and son. Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives believe the suspects are targeting elderly homeowners by offering to pressure was their driveway in order to target them later.
Sheriff Russ Gibson and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to protecting our citizens from such criminals and we want the community to be aware of these and others individuals that target the elderly. Please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office if you have been victimized by either of these suspects or if you have any information concerning other similar incidents. Anyone with information on this case or similar incidents please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to a felony arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 dollars. https://crimeline.org/