By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say a 10-day investigation into house breaks in the Ward 1 area has resulted in the arrest of a suspect and the recovery of several thousand dollars’ worth of stolen items.
John T. Mizioch, 25, of 12.5 Daniels St., Salem, was arrested yesterday on charges of three counts of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of larceny over $250, two counts of malicious damage to property over $250, and a violation of the city’s knife ordinance, according to a press release. He was being held without bail last night pending his arraignment in Salem District Court today.
Following an investigation that involved “almost all the assets of the department,” Mizioch was apprehended on a warrant as he exited a taxi at 426 Essex St. yesterday afternoon, according to the release.
He is suspected of four house breaks in the area between Bridge and Derby streets on Feb. 18, Feb. 19, Feb. 20 and Feb. 25 — two of which occurred on Daniels Street, the same street where he resides.
After the arrest, investigators sought and executed a search warrant at Mizioch’s residence and recovered property from three house breaks, according to the release.
“Items recovered include a laptop, foreign currency, cigars, lottery scratch tickets, hand and power tools, a replica handgun, jewelry to include gold and diamonds, and other valuable items,” the release said.
Police said they had found evidence that Mizioch was selling some of the stolen property on eBay and shipping it throughout the United States.
Mizioch, who is also suspected in an additional attempted house break in the same area on Feb. 23, showed a pattern in the break-ins, Detective Dennis Gaudet said.
“The back doors were forced open and the bedrooms were rummaged through, and jewelry and electronics equipment was stolen,” he said.
Gaudet said Mizioch was one of a number of suspects in the case and that an officer came across him during an aggressive campaign of patrolling in the neighborhood of the crimes. A subsequent search of an electronic system that monitors pawn shop transactions showed that Mizioch had recently sold materials to the Bay State Jewelry Exchange in Lynnfield — items that were later found to have been stolen during a house break on Arbella Street.
Patrol officers, detectives, and members of the Community Impact Unit and Special Response Unit worked together on the investigation, which included crime analysis, stationary and mobile surveillance, and “digital intelligence,” the release said.
Police are working to locate the owners of the stolen property.
Mizioch is believed to have acted alone.
Mizioch will also face charges of receiving stolen property over $250 and larceny by false pretense in Lynnfield. Those charges are in relation to his sale of jewelry to the Lynnfield pawn shop, according to the release.
The investigation was commanded by Capt. Thomas Griffin and Lt. Stephen Bona and led by Gaudet under the supervision of Detective Sgt. Kristian Hanson. Also involved in the investigation were officers Michael Levesque, William Jennings, Robert Phelan, Robert Cunningham, Deni Gaito and Thomas Pelletier; Sgts. Harry Rocheville and Dennis King; and Detectives Thomas Brennan, Charlene Sano, Brian St. Pierre and Kevin St. Pierre.