VEYO – A man was arrested Sunday for allegedly going inside the home of a Veyo resident on two different occasions, stealing $1,100 in cash and then using the money to buy drugs.
Deputies met Friday evening with Veyo resident, who reported that $300 had been taken out of his wallet earlier in the day, according to a probable cause statement written by Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Situli Tafili in support of the arrest.
The man also told deputies that $800 had been taken from his wallet two weeks earlier.
During an investigation, 21-year-old Jace Scott Mitchell, of Veyo, was identified as a possible suspect, the statement said.
“I interviewed (Mitchell) later that day and he denied taking the money,” Tafili wrote in the statement.
However, Mitchell’s story changed when deputies met with him for a second interview on Sunday.
“In the interview (Mitchell) admitted that he was at the victim’s home and later went to use the restroom,” Tafili said in the statement. “During that time, he went into the victim’s bedroom and took $300 out of the victim’s wallet.”
According to the statement, Mitchell also admitted to taking $800 two weeks earlier, saying he went to the home and saw the owner’s vehicle was gone, so he went into the house and took the $800 that was in the wallet.
“(Mitchell) stated that the money was used to purchase drugs,” Tafili said in the statement.
Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with a second-degree felony for burglary of a dwelling and a class B misdemeanor for theft. His bail pending trial stands at $10,000.
During Mitchell’s initial court appearance in 5th District Court Monday, the court ruled he did not qualify as indigent and that he must hire his own counsel. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 5.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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