Deputies: Returning homeowner surprises burglars

Deputies: Returning homeowner surprises burglars

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Ashley Katherine Mitchell

Ashley Katherine Mitchell

When a Golden Gate Estates woman driving to a doctor’s appointment realized she forgot something and turned around, she found burglars raiding her shed, Collier deputies said.

After a chase Thursday involving high speeds and a Sheriff’s Office helicopter, deputies arrested Ashley Katherine Mitchell, 23, of the 1300 block of Mariposa Circle, East Naples. She faces charges of burglary of a structure while armed and grand theft.

Deputies said Mitchell and a female accomplice broke into a shed and stole tools valued at $1,700, including a drill, handsaw and 115-piece socket set.

The women, however, were caught in the act when the victim returned to the 29th Street Southwest home after leaving for about 15 minutes, an arrest report said. The tools were found in a bag near the back door of the home.

Mitchell was found in a gray Toyota Corrola about five miles from the victim’s home, at Logan Boulevard and Vanderbilt Beach Road. Her accomplice wasn’t located, according to the report.

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