Drywall dust, boot prints fingered habitual offender in break-in

Patrick Young
Patrick Young

Telltale signs in the burglary of Oil Plus in Long Beach would have proven a habitual offender burglarized a Long Beach business if he hadn’t pleaded guilty, a prosecutor said.

Patrick Todd Young, 53, with four felony convictions, faced up to seven years in prison for the commercial burglary of Oct. 18, 2015.

This week, Judge Chris Schmidt sentenced him to five full years in prison in Harrison County Circuit Court, Assistant District Attorney Mitch Owen said in a news release Friday.

Long Beach police caught Young after responding to a 9:30 p.m. alarm at Oil Plus. Within five minutes of the call, officers heard someone jump over a chain-link fence and gave chase, Owen said.

Police reported they found Young face down, hiding in tall grass. He was covered in drywall dust, consistent with damage to the building, and had the tools he’d used to break in, Owen said.

“Video footage was retrieved from the nearby Little Caesars (restaurant) which showed Young walk across the street toward Oil Plus just prior to the alarm call,” said Owen, who prosecuted the case.

An expert with the Mississippi Crime Lab was prepared to testify the boots Young was wearing had the same shape and sole design as prints found on a wall he’d kicked down to get into the business, Owen said.

Young had been convicted of grand larceny, burglary and two charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Defendants prosecuted as habitual offenders must serve their full prison sentence and are not eligible for early release.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews