A man suspected of a string of thefts in Washington County was arrested following an incident Oct. 2 in the Deerfield subdivision in Blair.
Mitchell D. Scott, 43, is charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, a Class 3 felony; and resisting arrest-first offense, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
His bond is set at $50,000 or 10 percent. He is scheduled to appear in Washington County Court on Wednesday.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Blair Police Department, officers responded to the report of a suspicious person on a bicycle at approximately 5:38 a.m. in Deerfield.
A Blair officer and a sheriff's deputy located a man, identified as Scott, on a specialized road bicycle in the neighborhood. Scott told the officers he was staying at a downtown hotel, and he was out for a morning ride.
The report indicated Scott was a suspect in multiple theft cases from unlocked vehicles and garages around Washington County. Similar crimes have also been reported in Blair. Surveillance video shows a suspicious party on a bicycle lurking around businesses late at night and during the early morning hours.
According to the affidavit, Scott has been involved in pawning confirmed stolen items from the thefts in the county.
Sheriff Mike Robinson confirmed Scott is a suspect in the thefts in both Fort Calhoun and Kennard. Those incidents remain under investigation.
“We're just tying up loose ends and seeing what crimes he can be connected to, and make sure all the property can be identified by the proper owners,” Robinson said. “We anticipate charges will be filed.”
During the incident Oct. 2, Washington County dispatch confirmed Scott had three active Douglas County warrants.
When Scott heard this information, he fled on the bicycle. Officers pursued him in their patrol vehicles. Scott refused to stop and was trying to get back to the bicycle trail when the deputy cut him off. The deputy and the officer wrestled Scott the ground and handcuffed him.
Two knives — one of which was out of the sheath — were found in Scott's possession. Officers also found nearly $450 in cash.
Scott is a convicted felon. He also has 19 arrests for crimes related to possession of stolen property, burglary, drugs, obstruction and flight to avoid arrest, according to the affidavit.