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Man headed to prison for 2013 crime spree in Sacramento area

Mitchell Paul Leahy.
Mitchell Paul Leahy.

A man captured with the aid of a 14-year-old Granite Bay girl in 2013 has been sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison for a three-month crime spree.

A Sacramento County jury in March convicted Mitchell Paul Leahy, 36, of first-degree robbery with use of a firearm, first-degree burglary and grand theft of a firearm, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Donald Currier.

Leahy’s crime spree began in August 2013. On Aug. 29, 2013, Folsom resident Ryan Yarbrough returned to his home and saw that someone had taken his sliding glass door off the track. Yarbrough discovered he was missing a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .40-caliber semi-automatic firearm and his grandfather’s retirement ring from the Oakland Police Department. Fingerprints lifted from the sliding glass door matched Leahy’s fingerprints, authorities said.

On Sept. 2, 2013, Vickie Lovingood returned to her Orangevale home and noticed her French doors were open. When she entered a bedroom, she saw a man rummaging through her dresser drawers. He was holding one of her red tote bags, which appeared to be full of items. When she confronted the man, he reached toward his waistband and pulled out a gun. Lovingood backed away and the man fled. Authorities said fingerprints lifted from the French doors matched Leahy.

On Oct. 25, 2013, Lovingood contacted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department saying that a man she saw in a news report of a Granite Bay burglary looked like the man she had seen in her house.

The Granite Bay burglary occurred Oct. 23, 2013. A 14-year-old girl was home alone at the time and called 911 when she realized a man was attempting to enter the house through a sliding glass door. Leahy was found nearby, and detectives found burglary tools, a firearm, jewelry and other property belonging to multiple victims in his truck, authorities said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy