Salem Police Nab Alleged Serial Burglar, Recover Thousands in Stolen Items
A local man police believe is responsible for a series of recent break-ins in Salem's Ward 1 neighborhood was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Salem police officers arrested a local man Tuesday they believe is responsible for a recent string of break-ins and reportedly recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen items while searching his apartment.
John T. Mizioch, 25, of 12.5 Daniels St., Salem, was reportedly arrested on an outstanding warrant Tuesday afternoon as he exited a taxi cab at 426 Essex St.
He has since been charged with three counts of breaking an entering during the daytime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of larceny over $250, two counts of malicious destruction of property valued above $250 and one count of possessing a large knife.
Following his warrant arrest on Essex Street, local police officers obtained and executed a search warrant at Mizioch's home on Daniels Street and recovered property linked to three recent break-ins.
Items recovered during the search included a laptop, foreign currency, cigars, lottery scratch tickets, hand and power tools, a replica handgun, jewelry and other valuable items. (Check out the photos attached to this post for a closer look at the items recovered by police.)
According to a police report submitted Tuesday night, several recent burglaries "were noted to have several distinct similarities, which investigators used to help concentrate their efforts."
While investigating the break-ins, police found evidence that Mizioch was selling stolen property on EBay and was shipping the items to locations throughout the United States.
Mizioch was held without bail pending his arraignment in Salem District Court Wednesday morning.
Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available.