TAFT, Calif. - A parolee with a missing ankle monitor was arrested early this morning.
On June 18, 2013 at about 1:45 a.m., a Sergeant with the Taft Police Department contacted a suspicious person in the south alley of the 300 block of Center Street.
The person, who was later identified as 28-year-old Mitchell West, had an active arrest warrant for recently removing an ankle monitor pursuant to a prior unrelated conviction.
Just prior to the Sergeant making contact, West was seen placing an object in a nearby trash can. West was immediately taken into custody on his warrant.
West was found in possession of several pieces of jewelry. A search of the trash can revealed West had hidden a loaded .40 caliber pistol in the trash can. The jewelry and the pistol matched the description of items taken during a home burglary reported to the Taft Police Department on June 17.
Further investigation led officers to a home on North Street in Taft, where Taft Police Officers and Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies located and recovered additional property taken in the burglary, including a 30.06 bolt-action rifle, two televisions, and other miscellaneous electronics.
At the conclusion of the investigation, Mitchell West was arrested and booked into the Taft Jail on his active arrest warrant and open charges including Burglary, Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of Ammunition.