Bay man arrested, Tased after breaking into post office
By Dwayne Bremer
Feb 7, 2014, 13:59
A Bay St. Louis man is facing state and federal charges after he allegedly broke into the U.S. Post Office on Highway 90 Friday morning.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said in a press release Friday that BPD officers were notified of a silent alarm going off at the post office about 12:18 a.m. Friday.
When officers arrived, they discovered the front door glass had been broken out, De Nardo said.
Officers entered the building and located a white male subject, later identified as John Mitchell, 26, of Bay St. Louis, walking to the rear of the mail sorting area, De Nardo said.
The post office had filled with a smokey substance because Mitchell had apparently emptied several of the fire extinguishers in the building, De Nardo said.
Initially, Mitchell resisted arrest, however, officers subdued him with a Taser gun and took him into custody, De Nardo said.
The Bay St. Louis Fire Department responded to the scene because of the smoky conditions, but found no fire, Fire Chief Pam San Fillippo said Friday.
Mitchell was arrested and charged with burglary, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. His bond was set at $11,000.
Additionally, investigators from the U.S. Post Office Inspection Service were called to the scene to assess the damage.
De Nardo said federal charges are possibe, but he could not speak for the postal service investigation.
Mitchell was transported to the Hancock County Jail and his court date was set for Feb. 19 in Bay St. Louis Municipal Court.
The post office was open for business on Friday.