STOUGHTON, MA — The Stoughton Police Department recently announced the arrest of a man, posing as a water department employee, involved in attempted break-ins in Wilmington, Stoughton and other Massachusetts communities. Wilmington Police had an arrest warrant out for the man for entering a dwelling under a false pretense and conspiracy.
The Stoughton Police issued the following press release on Friday, March 15, 2019:
On February 2, 2019, an elderly Stoughton resident was victimized in her home by two men posing as Water Department Employees. Police released surveillance videos showing a man escaping through the bulkhead of the home and hopping the fence. Police launched a massive investigation that spread from Massachusetts to New York, Virginia, Delaware, and Florida. These two men committed similar offenses in other communities in Massachusetts.
Stoughton Police were able to identify the two men involved as Paul Mitchell, a 45-year-old Florida man, and Stanley Mitchell, a 28-year-old Florida man. Police believe they are involved in organized crime that involves scamming people. These two men flew into Boston on January 30, 2019 and left on on February 2, 2019, the same day the broke into the Stoughton woman’s home. Warrants were issued for both men.
Last week, members of the Palm Beach County Sheriffs office, attached to the FBI Task Force, executed an arrest warrant in West Palm Beach, Florida and arrested Paul Mitchell at an associate’s home. Detective Kuhn and Trooper Dunne from the Massachusetts State Police flew to Florida to take Paul Mitchell into custody to answer to crimes. Mitchell was arraigned in Stoughton District Court.
Stoughton Police still has an outstanding arrest warrant for Stanley Mitchell. Police are confident in its law enforcement partners around the country that Stanley will be arrested in a similar fashion and brought to Stoughton.
Stoughton Police thanks MSP Fusion Center, Dedham Detectives, Newton Detectives, Andover Detectives, Wilmington Detectives, Plainville Detectives, Milton Detectives, Brookline Detectives Pennsylvania State Police, New York City Police Detectives, NABI Investigators, Palm Beach Florida Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Boston, FBI Florida, and Mass State Police Investigators assigned to the Norfolk County DA’s office for their efforts in bringing this crime to justice. Police also wish to recognize the unrelenting efforts of Detective Kuhn and Detective Sergeant Welch for solving this seemingly unsolvable crime.
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