While police were investigating, the two teens were breaking into other homes in the same neighborhood, they were quickly apprehended, and arrested.
LINCOLN (DE): Walking around in a neighborhood with backpacks full of jewelry, electronics, and other property stolen during burglaries, two teens were apprehended and arrested in the Cedar Creek Estates in Lincoln.
According to police spokeswoman, Melissa Jaffe, State Police were called to the 20000 block of West Mayhew Drive in Cedar Creek Estates on Tuesday just after 7:00 p.m. for a burglary complaint. Police arrived at the home where evidence of forced entry apparent. The home was extensively ransacked, and items such as electronics and purses were stolen.
While Troopers were investigating the burglary, they were informed of two additional burglaries that occurred within the same neighborhood. In those burglaries, electronics and jewelry were also stolen.
Troopers were able to identify two suspects, 14-year-old Dallas Mohler of Lewes and 14-year-old Jaliel Perry of Lincoln, and began searching for them. In the same neighborhood, troopers observed the two suspects walking with back packs. They were detained, their backpacks were seized, searched, and contained stolen jewelry and other associated property from the reported burglaries.
Troopers then went to Perry’s grandmother’s house where he resides, and was given permission to search the residence where they found multiple electronics and other suspected stolen property. The property was then seized from the residence.
Both juveniles were transported back to Troop 7 where they were each charged with three counts of the following: Burglary 2nd (Felony), Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Conspiracy 2nd (Felony). Both were arraigned and committed to the Stevenson House Detention Center on $6,000 secured bond.
Police say the juveniles are also suspects in thefts from thefts from unsecured vehicles in the same neighborhood (Cedar Creek Estates), as well as the Reserves at Lewes Landing, “Property Crimes Unit will continue to investigate these complaints and exam the seized property.”, Jaffe said.
Anyone with information pertaining to these cases is asked to please contact Troop 4 Property Crimes Unit at 302-752-3800. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.