By Michael P. Neufeld
Redlands, CA – A Lake Arrowhead man is being sought by Redlands Police for two school break-ins.
Police identified the man as Patrick Sean Mitchell, 39, as their prime suspect in two recent break-ins at the Grove School in Redlands. The incidents occurred in late August and again last week and involved the thefts of metal and wood shop tools, a yellow 1973 International pickup truck and a riding mower from the school’s farm.
Redlands Police value the stolen materials at over $4,000 and located some of the stolen property at a San Bernardino pawn shop. A media advisory indicates Mitchell was identified as the individual who pawned the stolen items.
On Tuesday, September 4, San Bernardino Police notified Redlands Police they had recovered the stolen pickup at a residence on 44th Street. Through investigation, Redlands Police identified Mitchell as the suspect in possession of the stolen truck belonging to one of the instructors at Grove School, according to the press release.
The thefts — that occurred August 27-28 and September 1 — also included a welder, drill press, routers and additional power tools, according to authorities.
PATRICK SEAN MITCHELL
Mitchell is currently on parole for grand theft auto and is also being sought for violating terms of his probation prior to the two incidents at Grove School described in the Redlands Police Department release.
Officers report Mitchell has been seen in the Redlands and San Bernardino area since September 1.
Individuals spotting Mitchell are advised to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Persons with information about the stolen property or Mitchell’s whereabouts should contact Redlands Detective Andy Capps at (909) 798-7642. You may also contact Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681.
Anonymous tips can also be provided by texting 274637 using the keyword “REDTIP.” (1011)