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.

Diane Wolf February 28, 2013 at 05:34 PM
luckapup, it sounds like you may know this man - tell us another side of the story. If you want us to see him in a different light, give us some background information.
gene March 01, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Maybe you should read the earlier posts and ask the person who used the term "thug."
SunFlower March 01, 2013 at 02:47 AM
i would like to say that i don't agree with what he did and i feel bad for the people he affected, but just wondering...do any of u kno what a drug addiction is? People do things they would NEVER even think of doing. Addiction is a sickness, he needs help. It can happen to anyone! Not that I think there's any excuse for what he did, but I'm just saying it was the drugs, they make you do crazy things. You all may not believe me but he is a very caring, kind, loving and smart person. It's sad that drugs has done this to him. Sorry for anyone he offended.
Diane H March 01, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Sunflower: Cancer "can happen to anyone" - Drug addiction can only happen to those who decide to use or mis-use drugs! Having your home invaded and your property stolen does not equal being "offended"....it is being victimized and turns your home into a place you don't feel quite safe in. At some point, people need to take responsibility for their actions....yes, even those who have become addicted to illegal drugs as in this case. We all make choices..some good, some bad but they are choices. He has been incarcerated before and during those times has gotten clean (perhaps not by choice but by circumstance). He then made another "choice" to use again. We need to stop making excuses for the choices people make and start holding them accountable. Only then will he and others have a real chance of changing their lives for the better. I too know John and sincerely hope that THIS TIME he gets serious, gets the help he needs, distances himself from people that think drugs are their friends, and gets his life under control.
SunFlower March 01, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Like I said, i think what happened is awful. I feel bad for the people that were victimized. And yes I kno cancer can happen to anyone...and yes I kno people who become addicted to drugs choose the very 1st time to do it themselves, but what I do believe happens is after awhile some people don't want to do the drug anymore, but can't stop. It takes them over, makes them act in ways that they never would. You obv don't kno John that well cause it has been a very long time he has been incarcerated and he was not doing this type of drug when he was in there before...so no he has never got clean and then decided to use again. I'm not making excuses for anyone and yes I think he should be held responsible for everything he did. What I am saying is that he is not a bad person, maybe made some bad choices in life, but we all do. Im not trying to argue at all just trying to make a point that he would NEVER have done what he did if not for the drugs. He is very smart and would do anything for anyone, unfortunately the drugs took over....it's sad.
JIM March 01, 2013 at 06:23 PM
SunFlower March 02, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I'm not gonna keep posting back and forth, but unfortunately for you "a concerned citizen" u caught him at his worst...u don't act sane when on drugs. As for everything else, yup we all kno he's been in jail b4(so have a lot of people, doesn't mean they r bad people), no he has never sold drugs, and what does it matter to u if he owes money to anyone or if his parents helped him? (Lots of parents help thier kids) That has nothing to do w this and as tor what went on between him and the girlfriend it is thier buisness, I would hope she would have left a lot sooner and told somebodyif that was the case, nobody was making her stay. Anyways I never said I don't think he should do some time for what he did, he should, but at the same time he is someone's child, brother, uncle, ect....I mean maybe its just me, but I don't wish bad things on anybody. Take care :)
SunFlower March 02, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Oh and "JIM" yes you are right 1st step is admitting you have a problem, which as we saw in the newspaper, he did and he asked for help. And I don't think you get access to computers from jail for him to come on here and tell everyone he's sorry.
Marc J Golden March 02, 2013 at 03:49 AM
He walked into my Moms bedroom. She passed a year ago stole her gold piece my dad gave to her. She had brain cancer what if she was still alive? In her.bedroom? I want this monster behind bars!!!! Drugs no excuse
luckapup March 02, 2013 at 01:52 PM
So he is in jail, who is burglarizing daniels street now...maybe he didnt do all they said he did!
luckapup March 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
New news...Daniels street resident got $900 stolen from them yesterday...John Mizioch is in jail...maybe he isnt the only culprit obviously he is not!
Diane H March 02, 2013 at 09:08 PM
WOW......that makes it all better now doesn't it....they should definitely let him go!
luckapup March 02, 2013 at 10:02 PM
No it doesn't make it ok, it makes you look like a fool because some one else is obviously robbing homes in that area also....and why do you care so much????
luckapup March 02, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Diane, you need to learn more about drug addiction. Like cancer, addiction is a disease you are born with. Lucky you, if you or a loved one has not been afflicted by this disease. It's not as simple as a choice that you make.
Diane H March 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Excuse me??? Why do I care so much??? Because I live in this city, I own a home in this city, I own 2 businesses in this city, I pay lots and lots of taxes in this city, I care about the people who live in this city and about the things that happen to people in this city. The fact that some other idiot is robbing people in the same neighborhood disgusts me but it has no bearing on the fact that John victimized many people. And do not tell me that I need to learn more about addiction.....you are NOT BORN with addiction....you may have a pre-disposition due to hereditary factors BUT you make a choice! There are many people in this world that were born from drug or alcohol addicted parents who have not become addicts themselves. So, I would suggest that YOU need to learn more about addiction and why exactly do YOU care so much???
Diane H March 02, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I am so sorry for your loss and for the fact that you have been victimized by someone who places no value on sentiment. My heart aches when I hear these stories. I hope you get that coin back as I know what that would mean to me.
Diane H March 02, 2013 at 10:40 PM
It's easy to admit you have a problem once you get caught.
A Concerned Citizen March 02, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Obviously, these individuals defending his actions via his drug use are his misguided friends who can not seem to understand regardless of addiction or not - IT IS A CRIME. Maybe they should have their homes broken into, their sense of security violated, their deceased family members personal items stolen and then we will hear their story change regarding how to handle The Mizioch Family's Drug Addicted and Thieving Son. He is well known to be a loser, user and boozer to the establishments he frequented and worked at (which hopefully he will never get the chance to return to ever again). It is disgraceful that we have had to burden the expense of him not only but twice in our court systems. Now we will have to hear what a fine, upstanding individual John is, that he has long standing roots in the community, he fell on hard times, it was addiction that caused him to commit the crimes.
A Concerned Citizen March 02, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Please my aching heart: John Mizioch has no conscious - He is not sorry for his crimes past or present. He was always overheard bragging about his jail time and the things that got him caught. He is only sorry for getting caught. For the record - You can be born with cancer, leukemia and a host of other diseases. Addiction you are not born with unless it is introduced invitro during the pregnancy. I do not think John's mother was a crack addict or a drunk. Or even a recovering one. I could be wrong. Then again these individuals will jump on this statement. Maybe John's mother should be jailed if she was an addict during her pregnancy with him. She caused his addiction. Defending or justifying the drug use/addiction is as sense-less as that last statement. John did these crimes, past crimes and should be sentenced to a long prison term. John made the decision to use and got caught up in the user cycle. Though, from what I have witnessed and been told by John first hand (not the brightest bulb either for bragging about his past offenses), he was unphased by what he did.
A Concerned Citizen March 02, 2013 at 11:01 PM
To John's staunch allies or defenders.... I only hope you do not ever come to know what it is like to have your home invaded, your sense of security violated, your personal items and those of deceased loved one possessions taken. Then again, maybe it should. Then you will truly understand the many levels that this crime spree of his caused. It is not just material, but mental and physically unsettling to realize that a part of yourself, family and life has been taken and never to be recovered because some addict needed to shoot-up, snort up and drink it up for their addiction. When you walk a mile in these victims shoes maybe then you will have an understanding of the profound sense of loss John caused them. Obviously he never will. He is a gutless, soul-less, woman beating, thieving coward who deserves not one iota of consideration. I hope he rots.
SunFlower March 03, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Hey, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I'm not gonna keep going back and forth. To tell you the truth, if he did that to me I would think the same way as you of him, but I mean you have said it multiple times what you think of him and everyone in Salem knows what he did if they read the articles. We get it, you hate him, fine....who cares? But I'm pretty sure at one point he charmed you too since you hired him to work for you and that's why you are sitting here saying you know him but that's not the point. I'm not gonna let people sit here and bash him all because u knew him a few years or less?!? You said what u think of him and that's fine, but don't tell me I'm wrong in saying what I think of him cause I have known him much longer and know who he really is, no matter what you think. Stuff happens in life, some good, some bad, but no matter what u always love your family.
Billie McGregor March 03, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Luckily, John was caught and many of the items he took will eventually be returned to the rightful owners. It's obvious that John has friends and family who support him and are aware of his problems, yet know him in ways other than we do. But the fact remains, drugs or alcohol problems aside, John is a thief. He took it upon himself to unlawfully enter the homes of his victims and take what was not his to take and he deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law, especially if this is something that he has done before. Furthermore, it's possible that John was involved with others who continue to steal or it may be coincidence that there is someone else unknown to him that is breaking into homes. Either way, it's criminal behavior, it's amoral behavior and he deserves what he gets for it. He is fortunate that he has the support of family and friends, but the community at large is at risk if he is not prosecuted.
luckapup March 03, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Dear Concerned Citizen.....all you do is come on here and spit out your lies and hate for John. He committed a crime and will pay the penalty for it, thats it.....You on the other hand are truly a pathetic loser, you post all this crap about addiction, his family and how bad of a person he has been his whole life...who the hell are you???? where the hell do you get off judging his family and such...I know his family and I don't think you do. It sounds like you are a angry, pathetic, lonely grown adult trying to pick on a 25 year old who obviously pissed you off at some point and this is your time to try to get back at him.
luckapup March 03, 2013 at 07:48 PM
dear concerned citizen...aka jenny!
A Concerned Citizen March 03, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Sorry luckapup. Not lies just fact. Truth hurts. Myself and several witnesses reported the incidents we saw John committ. I look forward to seeing him sentenced. It seems you are in serious denial over his moral character. The fact is he is a thief. He is a drug addict. He is an alcoholic. He is a woman beater. He is a dealer. I know the people he assualted and now the people he robbed.Yes, I am picking on poor drug addled, thieving John. He is a model citizen. I am pissed it took this long for him to get caught. He just leaves hurt and destruction in his path. He is pathetic and I bet he will not be lonely in jail for too long. I have no axe to grind with him except offering up the list I did to counter your claim he is a good person. Good people do not break into homes and steal, So save me the bleeading heart over his sufferings. Think about the people he hurt. Once more, luckapup - wrong. I am not Jenny. Are you trying to scare me with trying identify me. That might be considered witness intimidation. That just shows how desperate you and John's friends are. Birds of feather I am sure. Maybe you helped him committ these crimes. Your facts are wrong and you definitely do not know me.
luckapup March 03, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Witness intimidation,,,,,LMFAO!!!!!! I think John screwed you over at some point.....and this is your soapbox....your stupidity and lies are making me tired...so again i will re-post my previous comment: Dear Concerned Citizen.....all you do is come on here and spit out your lies and hate for John. He committed a crime and will pay the penalty for it, thats it.....You on the other hand are truly a pathetic loser, you post all this crap about addiction, his family and how bad of a person he has been his whole life...who the hell are you???? where the hell do you get off judging his family and such...I know his family and I don't think you do. It sounds like you are a angry, pathetic, lonely grown adult trying to pick on a 25 year old who obviously pissed you off at some point and this is your time to try to get back at him..
A Concerned Citizen March 03, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Yiou just said it " I think John screwed you over at some point" He is a habitual offender in every sense. I am not goign to argue with you. I will say... The final result is John Mizioch will be going away for a long time. Which makes the people he victimized much happier and the streets safer. I could repost all my earlier facts too. I will not. Though, I will be sure to be in the courtroom when they hand down his sentence happy to see him go away to the crying of his friends and family (who now are suffering as well) as they try to convince the judge, jury and people he stole from on "What a good boy John is." Hopefully, his new jail husband gives him the same screwing he gave to everyone else. LMAO at you and anyone defending this sad man. He will be doing the time regardless. End point.
A Concerned Mom March 03, 2013 at 09:45 PM
All this back and forth talk is crazy. Don't you have anything better to do...To Concerned citizen....didn't your mother teach you, "If you have nothing nice to say, Don't say anything at all!"..You obviously don't like John and his family so just let it go. On the other hand I DO know John and his family. They are good people, with good values, but have a situation in their life that none of us would wish upon anyone...not even you. So go about your business and take care of yourself and let John's family deal with this difficult situation by themselves. You sound so angry .....it's not good for you......He will do his time and hopefully has a better life ahead of him! It is up to him.
Hiker March 21, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Due back in court on March 26, hope to see him get put away for a long time
jmiz April 11, 2013 at 01:52 AM
March 26th???? Wrong date you dope.........


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