Remorseful Thief Turns Himself In
Michael Mitchell was carrying all of his possessions in a back pack. He had a change of clothes, a tooth brush and tooth paste, a razor and a stick of deodorant. He had been staying on a friend’s couch – but now he was out on the street.
Mitchell walked over to a pay phone in front of a McDonalds in Louisville, Kentucky and made the call he had been thinking about making for more than four years. It would be a call that would change the 53-year-old’s life. The only thing he didn’t know was if it would be a change for the better.
The call Mitchell made on October 25, 2011, was to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. He told Detective Mark Coleman he wanted to confess to a 2007 bank robbery in Tavernier, Florida. The call caught Coleman by surprise. The bank robbery was a cold case – there were no suspects, no leads, and no active investigation.
“I’m going to have to pull the case,” Coleman told Mitchell, the call tape recorded by the sheriff’s department. “Can you do me a huge favor? Can you hang out there by the McDonalds for a few minutes?”
“Yeah, I sure can,” Mitchell said.