Jupiter cop links Fort Lauderdale man to Hollywood burglary

An arrest has been made in a year-old Hollywood burglary after Jupiter police nabbed the same man for a burglary there.

Eric Mitchell Jr., 20, of Fort Lauderdale, is facing charges that include burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. He is being held without bond, jail records show.

Mitchell is accused of stealing nearly $12,000 worth of jewelry, televisions, an Xbox video game console, a laptop computer, a tablet, snorkel gear, baseball cards and credit cards among other items, according to the arrest report filed in the case.

The break-in happened on Sept. 9, 2013, at a home along the 400 block of S. 28th Avenue, police said.

Four days later, Hollywood detectives say they learned Mitchell had pawned six pieces of jewelry for $95 shortly after the burglary.

Investigators had Mitchell’s signature and thumbprint on the receipt. They also had surveillance video that showed him making the pawn shop transaction, police said.

Mitchell pleaded guilty in April to burglary and grand theft charges in the Jupiter case and was released after serving 210 days in jail, records show.

He was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant for the Hollywood burglary, police said.

Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.

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