Man caught in act of burglarizing Athens home


Raleigh Quintez Mitchell

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was arrested last weekend when he was caught in the act of burglarizing a home in a northside neighborhood, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

The incident occurred on Saturday, when officers responded to a 3:30 a.m. burglary alarm activation at a house in the 1100 block of Towne Square Lane off of Kathwood Drive.

According to the report, officers found a partially-opened window, with its screen on the ground, and they were trying to gain entry when the resident showed up and let them in.

When searching the residence, officers found 28-year-old Raleigh Quintez Mitchell standing in a bathtub, with no shoes on and the bottom of his pants soaking wet, according to the report.

When searched Mitchell reportedly was found to have marijuana, some vehicle lug nuts and an Apple watch.

The resident identified Mitchell as the father of her daughter’s unborn child.

Police said they found in the daughter’s bedroom a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and miscellaneous items from the basement, including tools, lug nuts and a vehicle tow mount.

A laptop computer was found on a bed in the bedroom of the resident’s granddaughter, playing a Netflix show.

The resident told officers that “there is no reason the laptop should be open, much less on, and that the show playing is not a show that the granddaughter would ever watch,” according to the report.

The Apple watch in Mitchell’s pocket belonged to the resident’s daughter, the report noted.

Mitchell was arrested for first-degree burglary and taken to the Clarke County Jail, where during an inventory of his belongings it was determined that two $100 bills he had were counterfeit; the bills were seized and placed into evidence, according to the police report.

According to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell was booked into jail on an additional charge of making terroristic threats, an offense that was not mentioned in the burglary report.

Mitchell was denied bond during a hearing Sunday before a Magistrate Court judge.

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