LEBAM – On March 27th at about 1115am the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call from a home owner advising that his house had been burglarized. The home owner advised the communications center that his wife was home alone and had heard noises within the residence. The caller advised that his wife had called him at work to report the incident and that she had fled the residence. The caller responded to his residence, located in the 2300 block of Clark road and discovered two subjects loading his belongings into back packs. The caller armed himself with a hammer and chased the two subjects from the residence.
Deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Raymond Police Department responded to the scene. A perimeter was established around the location in which the subjects fled. A Pacific County Sheriff’s Office apprehension K-9 team initiated a track on the subjects and worked the heavily wooded area for an extended period of time. The subjects were not located. Investigators were able to develop enough information to identify the two subjects by items they had abandoned at the scene, as well as information gathered from neighbors and other residents in the area. Once they identified the two, a photograph of one of them was presented to the witness caller. He was able to positively identify one of the suspects as the person in the photo.
At about 630pm as investigators still worked on the case, a male subject matching the description of one of the burglars, stepped out of a wooded area near the original burglary complaint, and asked to use a neighbors telephone. The neighbor notified the Sheriff’s Office and as deputies and officers responded, the caller’s relative detained the male subject. Deputies arrived and quickly identified the subject as Jeffrey L. Hunter, age 52 of Grayland. Hunter was one of the burglary suspects and he was arrested without incident. Hunter admitted his involvement in the burglary and verified the identity of the second suspect as a female named Mandy Mitchell. As deputies continued the investigation into the location of the second suspect, the communications center received a report from an alert citizen just after midnight that Mitchell had knocked on his door and asked for assistance. The deputies and officers responded to the scene, which was miles from the original incident, and she was gone when they arrived. They continued to search the area and they received another call from a residence near by regarding Mitchell’s whereabouts. At about 230 am deputies arrested Mandy C. Mitchell, age 35, of Aberdeen.
Jeffrey L. Hunter and Mandy C. Mitchell were both booked into the Pacific County Jail. Hunter is being held on charges of Residential Burglary, Possession of Methamphetamine and several outstanding warrants. Mitchell is being held on charges of Residential Burglary, Narcotics charges and an outstanding Department of Corrections Felony warrant.
Agencies that assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the apprehension of both suspects included the Raymond Police Department, the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Police Department and the South Bend Police Department.
The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the general public and the citizens that reside within the area that this incident occurred for their assistance in keeping a keen eye open for anything that would have assisted us with this investigation.