EDWARDSVILLE — Authorities are attempting to take possession of 198 items, including nine vehicles, from a suspect who allegedly was trading drugs for stolen property at his South Roxana home.
Police said Wayne E. Mitchell, 39, of the 200 block of Washington Avenue, is suspected of harboring a Chevrolet Malibu, a Triumph motorcycle, a Dodge Caravan, a Chevrolet Corvette, a Chevrolet El Camino, a Ford Freestar, a Harley Davidson Sportster, a Big Tex Flatbed trailer and a cargo box trailer.
In addition, authorities are seeking to obtain dozens of items they believe were stolen in shed burglaries throughout the area.
The items included in the case included several hedge trimmers, saws, nailers, wrenches, an intake manifold, a jewelry box, comic books, baseball cards, television sets, car stereos, sound equipment, guitars, welders, toy cars, a bicycle, battery chargers and other miscellaneous items. A document claims Mithcell would sell the items at pawn shops for cash.
Police said there saw a surveillance system capturing the outside of Mitchell’s home, connected to a television in a bedroom.
Police also found narcotics, drug paraphernalia, handguns, loose live ammunition in plain view inside the residence. A Ruger .357-caliber revolver was found under a derelict vehicle parked near the home. The list of reportedly stolen items was submitted in a March 7 suit requesting possession of the assets under a state law allowing forfeiture of assets connected to the drug trade.
The list became public Tuesday. A court document said Mithcell “has no visible means of support.”
Police found the items at Mitchell’s home after he was arrested on charges of armed robbery, unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
He allegedly broke into the home of the estranged mother of his child, upset that a man was there getting a haircut.
Mitchell, was arrested at his residence shortly after he entered a residence in the 600 block of Central Park Place, where the woman was cutting a man’s hair as a part of a business she operates out of her home.
The woman told police she is a hair stylist and was cutting a client’s hair in the living room when Mitchell entered the home about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4. She told police she and Mitchell are estranged and have a child.
The woman said she did not know Mitchell was there until she saw him in enter her bedroom. In the bedroom, Mitchell allegedly brandished a loaded .357 Magnun handgun and told the woman he was going to rob the man whose hair she was cutting. The woman and her client then fled the residence and dialed 911.
Mitchell was left alone in the home, but the woman told police she had witnessed Mitchell load up her plastic container of hair cutting supplies into his van, before leaving.
Police from South Roxana and Roxana went to Mitchell’s house about 4:05 p.m. and arrested him. Mitchell allegedly admitted being upset about another man at the home of their child’s mother. He also admitted possessing the loaded handgun.
After further investigation, two search warrants were executed on Mitchell’s residence and vehicle and evidence recovered, the press release says. The charges claim Mitchell possessed between a gram and 15 grams of cocaine and materials for the manufacture of methamphetamine.