SALEM — A man who confessed last February to breaking into three homes in his Salem neighborhood and stealing dozens of items, including Cuban cigars and winning lottery tickets, will spend 18 months in jail, a Salem District Court judge ordered yesterday.
John Mizioch, 26, of 121/2 Daniels St., pleaded guilty to charges of breaking and entering, larceny and malicious destruction during a hearing yesterday. Judge Michael Lauranzano’s 18-month jail term, and three years of probation, fell between the year that Mizioch’s attorney, Steve Reardon, was seeking and the two years sought by prosecutor John Brennan.
Police had spotted Mizioch and a companion cashing one of the stolen lottery tickets at Steve’s Quality Market. They had learned that he had been “casing” homes by knocking on doors in his neighborhood and, when someone answered, claiming to be from the gas company.
Confronted by police, Mizioch confessed, even leading officers to a stolen Nikon digital camera he had tucked into his mattress.
Some of the other items taken in the breaks were pawned, and one laptop was destroyed after Mizioch realized that it belonged to the employer of one of the victims and would be difficult to sell, he later told police.
Among the other items stolen in the burglaries on Daniels and Arbella streets were jewelry, coins, an Airsoft pistol and power tools, along with another laptop and the cigars.
Police arrested him as he walked to a CVS on Essex Street.
During his probation, Mizioch will be required to receive drug treatment, the judge ordered.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.