Delaware State Police

State Police Arrest Three in Car Break-Ins

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Georgetown- The Delaware State Police have arrested three people in connection with numerous thefts from vehicles that occurred recently in the Georgetown area.

Troopers began their investigation on Friday October 21, 2016, after incidents of car break-ins were being reported from the Shiloh Church Road, Asketum Branch Road, and Homestead Road areas, west of Georgetown. In most of the incidents, the vehicles were left unlocked and the suspects removed various items of cash, credit cards, and personal belongings before fleeing the area.

Troopers continued to follow up the complaints after the suspects began using some of the victim’s credit cards at various stores in the Georgetown area and were able to view video surveillance footage.  On Saturday October 22, 2016, a victim of a theft observed a blue Chevrolet Blazer and turned the registration information over to the investigating trooper.  After verifying with the owner of the vehicle that is was being used by George L. Dunn, 24 of Georgetown, and two friends of his that had been identified as Valerie E. Lohr, 25 of Millsboro, and Travis M. Cannon, 26 of Millsboro, members of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (P.A.C.E.) team located the vehicle on Discount Land Road near Laurel around 11:40 p.m. that night and performed a traffic stop.

All three subjects were taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 5.  There, Valerie Lohr was charged with Identity Theft, two counts of Burglary 3rd, Forgery 2nd, Conspiracy 2nd, three counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, three counts of Theft Under $1500, Criminal Mischief, and Criminal Trespass 3rd. She was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $7,150.00 secured bond.

Travis Cannon was charged with Identity Theft, two counts of Burglary 3rd, Conspiracy 2nd, three counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, three counts of Theft Under $1500, Criminal Mischief, and Criminal Trespass 3rd. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $12,150.00 secured bond.

George Dunn was charged with Identity Theft, two counts of Burglary 3rd, Conspiracy 2nd, three counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, three counts of Theft Under $1500, Criminal Mischief, and Criminal Trespass 3rd. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $8,851.00 secured bond.

Troopers are continuing their investigation into these incidents as well as numerous others that were committed in the Bridgeville Greenwood and Delmar areas.  Additional charges may be forthcoming.

The Delaware State Police want to remind people to utilize the following tips:

  • Lock your car doors and roll up you windows
  • Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle
  • Leave outdoor lights on in the driveway or have security lighting installed
  • Report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1

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Released: 102316 2000

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