Sheriff: Man, Don Mitchell, arrested for stealing lights from MCSO headquarters

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 16:15:52-04

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said a crook has been swiping pricey, high end security lights right off of the sheriff’s department headquarters in downtown Phoenix for three weeks. And they made an arrest in the case on Wednesday.

Arpaio said the lights are valued at $1,200 apiece and that the culprit stole 12 of them, leaving only two on the property.

Once the lights went missing, MCSO started surveillance in the area. In the video, a man is seen taking his time, sitting down in the front of the building and working away at removing the lights. 

MCSO arrested Don Mitchell, 64, of Indiana. They said he has an extensive criminal history, including aggravated assault on a police officer. 

Authorities said Mitchell was found in possession of one of the lights and that down the street from MCSO headquarters he owns an old school bus that is packed full of junk.

"We are going to do an investigation on this guy," Arpaio said. "Who is he? What has he been doing in the Valley? Stealing? Pawn shops? We'll check him out."

A total of 12 lights were stolen from the property, adding up to $16,000, which Arpaio said is felony theft.