Suspected burglar arrested, slips away from police; arrested again after massive manhunt

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Clarence Bernard Mitchell

ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. – In Adams County, police make a quick arrest in  a daring daylight  burglary but then the suspect escapes from the back seat of a police cruiser which prompts a massive manhunt in Biglerville.

The sequence of events began just before noon. Borough police say a homeowner returning to his home in the 100 block of West York Street noticed that his air conditioner was missing from the window.  He went inside and surprised the burglary suspect.  The suspect then ran away on the front.  The homeowner called police.  Shortly after arriving on the scene, and in less than a half hour officers were able to locate the suspect, identified as 25 year old Clarence Bernard Mitchell, whose last known address was in York County.

Mitchell was handcuffed and placed in the rear of a police cruiser. Due to today’s heat, the police chief said that the back windows of the cruiser were partially down to allow Mitchell some air. He then said someone slipped out of the handcuffs, reached out the window and opened the rear door of cruiser from the outside.  Mitchell then fled away on foot.

His escape triggered a massive manhunt that included Biglerville Police Pennsylvania State Police and dozens of officers from surrounding police departments.  Mitchell was eventually found shortly after 3 pm hiding in a closet of a home of an acquaintance at 38 S. Main Street. The unidentified friend was also taken into custody by State Police. Charges are pending.

According to police Mitchell may connected to four or more other burglaries in Biglerville.  One victim has already recognized Mitchell as the suspect fleeing from home in one of those burglaries.  No stranger to crime Mitchell has just released in May after serving a two year sentence on a burglary conviction.  He also has a warrant on a burglary charge in Albany, Georgia, but police there declined to have him extradited.

Charges against Mitchell include Burglary, Criminal Trespass and Escape. Additional charges are expected to come. He was taken to the Adams County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.