The City of Tustin, specifically the area of Main and Williams Streets, has been plagued with numerous vehicle thefts over the past few months. There have been approximately eighteen vehicle thefts/recovered stolen vehicles in the general area since January 1, 2014. Most of the vehicles stolen were older model Hondas.
On March 4, 2014, at approximately 0350 hours, Officer Mitchell observed a suspicious vehicle traveling southbound on Myrtle Street towards Main Street in the direction of the identified crime trend area. The vehicle was an older model Honda that matched the targeted vehicle type in the recent spike in thefts. Officer Mitchell conducted a check on the vehicle’s license plate, which revealed it had been reported stolen.
Officer Mitchell conducted a high-risk vehicle stop at the intersection of Myrtle and Third Streets. His coordinated efforts during the stop resulted in two suspects taken into custody without incident. Both suspects were charged by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and enhancements for prior convictions of vehicle theft.
As of March 18, 2014, there have been no reported vehicle thefts in the area of Main and Williams Streets. It is highly likely the two suspects Officer Mitchell arrested were responsible for the rash of recent vehicle thefts in the area. Officer Mitchell’s efforts have definitely made an immediate difference within the Tustin Community.
For Officer Mitchell’s hard work and dedication in resolving a crime trend under the Department’s CTAPS model of policing strategies, he has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month award for the month of March 2014. Congratulations Officer Mitchell!