On Thursday, San Mateo County sheriff's deputies identified a man suspected of burglarizing homes and vehicles in Woodside over the weekend, and have connected him to at least 13 other similar crimes in Redwood City and Woodside.
According to San Mateo County Sheriff''s Office spokesperson Rebecca Rosenblatt, Redwood City police assisted deputies in identifying Justin Ralph Mitchell, age 26, of Redwood City as being involved with the burglaries.
Redwood City police say that on Tuesday October 15th a vehicle was burglarized on the 3600 block of Haven Avenue in Redwood City. The victim discovered that the window to her vehicle had been shattered and her purse, containing several credit cards, had been stolen from the vehicle. The officers investigating the incident located surveillance video, which captured the suspect's vehicle leaving one of the businesses.
Redwood City police officers Evan Paraskevopoulos and Junsun Lee recognized the suspect vehicle and obtained the registration information. The vehicle owner was determined to be Justin Mitchell, who was contacted at his residence and a search was conducted pursuant to the terms of his parole.
Officers located narcotics, various items purchased with stolen credit cards, and several stolen items taken from other burglaries. Police say Mitchell is a suspect in at least thirteen burglaries throughout Redwood City and Woodside.
The investigation is continuing in an effort to link Mitchell to other burglaries committed in Woodside and the surrounding communities. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Detective Dave Cirina of the Redwood City Police Department at 650-780-7607.