NEW PORT RICHEY – Two individuals were arrested this week in connection with a string of robberies along the Rowan Road corridor in New Port Richey.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Nathan Lee Mitchell, 36, of New Port Richey, and Jennifer Renea Collins, 49, of Zephyrhills, on Thursday, Aug. 6.
The pair is accused of committing nine robberies over the course of the last month. According to police reports, four residential burglaries were reported in the Citrus Grove Mobile Home Park, four residential and business burglaries were reported in the Colony Cove Mobile Home Park and one grand theft was reported in Cypress Knoll.
Stolen items included electronics, bicycles, checkbooks, liquor, an SUV, a motorcycle, a golf cart, kayaks, guitars, power tools, a trailer and a new zero-turn lawnmower.
The sheriff’s office reported utilizing intelligence-led policing tactics to help connect Mitchell and Collins to the robberies. A related article on the Federal Bureau of Investigation website provides an explanation into intelligence-led policing.
“Intelligence-led policing emphasizes analysis and intelligence as pivotal to an objective, decision-making framework that prioritizes crime hot spots, repeat victims, prolific offenders and criminal groups. It facilitates crime and harm reduction, disruption and prevention through strategic and tactical management, deployment, and enforcement.”
Deputies located the stolen motorcycle and SUV in Elfers on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, respectively. Mitchell and Collins were in the SUV when it was located. The suspects provided information that lead to the recovery of the lawnmower in Wesley Chapel. Police reports state that the value of the mower is more than $5,000 and Mitchell admitted to selling it for $500.
Mitchell was arrested for two counts of residential burglary, two counts of business burglary, two counts of grand theft auto and one count of grand theft. Collins was arrested for uttering stolen checks, identity theft and retail theft.