On June 27, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a burglary report in which firearms and a laptop computer were stolen from a residence. A neighbor happened to capture images of the suspect on a video surveillance system and provided those images to investigating deputies.
On June 28, Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit received information leading to an identification of a suspect and the location of the stolen firearms. Within a matter of hours, SCU wrote and applied for a search warrant that was granted by a judge and then subsequently served by EPD SWAT. Two of the three firearms and the laptop computer were recovered. During the service of the search warrant around 8:56 p.m. on June 28, the primary suspect, 51-year-old Eugene resident Mitchell David Sweat, was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail by LCSO deputies on the charges, below.
Theft 1- Firearm (3 counts)
Felon in Possession of Firearm
Fugitive from Justice (Warrant from another state).
EPD Case #23-09440
LCSO Case #23-03399
SCU is funded by the City of Eugene’s Community Safety Payroll Tax and works in concert with communities to help solve issues. The unit focuses on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips, and other sources. They proactively respond across the city to quality-of-life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services. SCU is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative.