Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Serial Burglar Sentenced For Nearly 100 Break-Ins

96 Burglaries In One Year Earns Admitted Crack Addict 24 Years In Prison
Re-printed from a story at The Indianapolis Star on June 12th 2013

Mitchell Matlock is caught on tape breaking into Indianapolis residents homes in 2012 and 2013 is arrested and convicted of multiple counts of burglary.

An Indianapolis man admitted in Marion Superior Court on Tuesday that he burglarized more than 100 homes, mostly in the Brookside neighborhood on the Eastside, between July 2012 and March 2013.

As part of a plea agreement, Mitchell Matlock, 47, admitted legal guilt to three of the burglaries. He was sentenced Tuesday in Marion Superior Court to 24 years in prison and one year of probation, said Peg McLeish, spokeswoman for the Marion County prosecutor.

Mitchell Matlock Serial Burglar IndianapolisPolice think Matlock is responsible for 96 burglaries in the Brookside neighborhood, located north of 16th Street between Emerson and Rural avenues, and another 10 or so in the Broad Ripple area.

Besides being caught on camera in some of the homes he stole from Matlock has spent most of the last 20 years in Indiana prisons for 11 counts of Theft and Auto Theft as well as Burglary.

East District detectives are credited with the arrest. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Investigator Marvin Cummings was key to Matlock’s arrest and conviction. In addition, the residents of the Brookside neighborhood played a major role, providing still and video images of Matlock on surveillance cameras.

Matlock stole items he thought he could sell on the street, police said, in order to support a drug habit. He admitted to police that he or an associate assisting him stole weed-eaters, hand tools, DVD players, gaming stations, laptop computers, TVs and other items to resell.

He complained that on at least one occasion, the associate did not share the money generated after a burglary in which Matlock served as a lookout, according to court documents. Police said Matlock generally used the money garnered from the stolen items to purchase crack cocaine.

References:
WXIN Channel 59, Residents Help Capture Burglar
WISH-TV Channel 8, Serial Burglar Pleads Guilty Gets 24 Years
Indy Star, Serial Burglar Admits To 100 Crimes