Two Mitchell men arrested for entering at least 10 unlocked vehiclesCrimes happened early Friday downtown, arrests made shortly afterward
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
The Mitchell Police Division arrested two Mitchell men Friday for 10 counts each of criminal entry of a motor vehicle.
Arrested were Brandon Michael Tingle, 21, and Jordan Roy Stahl, 22.
The arrests stem from their alleged involvement in a spree of vehicle burglaries throughout the downtown area in the early morning hours Friday. Tingle and Stahl are accused of entering at least 10 unlocked vehicles with intent to commit a crime.
Stahl was apprehended by an on-duty patrol sergeant in the immediate area of three of the vehicle burglaries in the 100 block of East 10th Avenue. Tingle was later located at his residence in the 1000 block of North Rowley Street. Both individuals were interviewed and confessed to being involved in the vehicle burglaries, police said. The known vehicles that were entered were parked in the 100 block of West 10th Avenue and the 200 block of North Lawler Street in Mitchell.
It is possible there may be other victims of this incident who either have not come forward to law enforcement or who are not yet aware their vehicle may have been entered. Anyone with information regarding this matter, or anyone suspecting they may be a victim in this crime, is encouraged to contact the police by phone at (605) 995-8400.
This incident should also serve as a reminder, police said, to lock vehicle doors and secure property out of sight when unattached.
Criminal entry of a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Alcohol appears to be a factor in this incident, police said.