Osceola County Sheriff’s Office officials said a father and son team were exploiting elderly victims after they allegedly burglarized their homes during a pressure-washing scam.
In January, Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated an occupied burglary and exploitation of the elderly case. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, the suspect, identified as Gary Mitchell along with an accomplice, contacted the victim outside her home and offered to clean the victim’s driveway for $225.
Once the job was completed and the males were paid, the victim went back into her home. The suspects then entered her garage and took the victim’s pressure washer, the report stated.
A warrant was issued for Gary Mitchell for occupied burglary, exploitation of the elderly and grand theft. The victim’s pressure washer was located and returned.
In February of 2018, the same suspects were involved in another similar incident, the report stated. The suspects contacted another elderly couple at their home and offered to pressure wash their driveway. One of the suspects asked to use the victim’s bathroom while the job was being done. Several days later, the victim called the Sheriff’s Office to report that their home was burglarized and $34,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, including a Rolex watch, the report stated.
Evidence from the scene linked Sonny Mitchell to the crime. Gary and Sonny Mitchell are father and son. Detectives believe the suspects are targeting elderly homeowners by offering to pressure wash their driveway in order to target them later.
Anyone who has been victimized by either of these suspects or if you have any information concerning other incidents, should contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to a felony arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.