PALMDALE – Authorities on Wednesday seized thousands of dollars in high-end electronics, including flat screen TVs, computers, and iPads, from a Palmdale couple on food stamps and state aid who could not account for how they paid for the expensive items.
Gray Miller, 36, and his wife Mary Mitchell, 34, were both arrested on suspicion of grand theft and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Wednesday. Miller is also under investigation for an arson that occurred last month.
The following is the news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station:
At 12 p.m. [Wednesday], members of the Lancaster Station Burglary Suppression Team went to the 39500 block of Dunbar Street, Palmdale to locate a suspect wanted on a felony warrant for grand theft.
The warrant was issued by the San Jose Police Department.
The suspect was located at the location and arrested. The suspect identified as “Gray Miller”, 36, is also on felony probation for theft related crimes in Los Angeles County, and a probation compliance check of his home was conducted.
During a search of the home, numerous high dollar electronic devices were found in the home, including six flat screen televisions, apple computers, iPads, and gaming systems.
In addition, jewelry, kitchen appliances, which included a high end refrigerator, and range, and furniture were also found in the home, which suspect Miller could not account for.
Both Miller and his wife, “Mary Mitchell”, 34, gave conflicting stories as to how they came into possession of the items, and their stories further conflicted with their teenage children’s account of where the items were obtained.
During the initial investigation at the location, one of the items found at the home, valued at $1,600.00, was confirmed to be stolen.
Suspect Miller and his wife both stated they were self employed, and only made a couple of thousand dollars a month. They also said they were receiving food stamps and state aid to support themselves, and could not account for how they paid for the expensive items in their home, based on their limited income.
Due to the conflicting stories provided by both Miller and Mitchell, and the fact that both Miller and Mitchell both have past arrest histories involving theft and fraud, it was believed that the items in their home were obtained through fraudulent means and the items were seized pending further investigation.
Miller and his wife Mary Mitchell were both arrested on grand theft charges, and were booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Miller is also under investigation for an arson that occurred in February of this year. The investigation is ongoing.