Delaware State Police

*Update* Suspect Arrested for Kidnapping and Related Charges

Phillippa M. Vann
*ARRESTED* Phillippa M. Vann

Millsboro–  The Delaware State Police have arrested the suspect who was wanted in connection with a kidnapping, strangulation, and other related charges.

On Monday, August 13, 2018, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Troopers were made aware that a female victim had responded to a local area hospital, with injuries she had sustained in a physical domestic.  Further investigation revealed that the 40-year-old female and her boyfriend, 28-year-old-Phillippa Vann of Millsboro had engaged in a physical domestic the day prior.  Vann had physically assaulted, strangled, and attempted to sexually assault the victim.  The victim attempted several times to get away from Vann.  Vann and the victim later responded to the Walmart store, where the victim was able to leave Vann and drive herself to the hospital.

The 40-year-old victim sustained multiple injuries and was later transported to another hospital due to the severity of her injuries.

On August 20, 2018, Vann was taken into custody by Troopers at a residence located on the 400 block of S. Main Street, Bridgeville, without incident.

Vann was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:

  • Attempted Rape First Degree
  • Kidnapping First Degree
  • Strangulation, Assault Second Degree
  • Malicious Interference with Emergency Communications
  • Criminal Mischief

Vann was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $160,750.00 cash only bond.

Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Wanted Suspect

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Released: 082018 1839

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash –Smyrna

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Smyrna– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that occurred on August 12, 2018, that has turned into a fatal.

The incident occurred on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at approximately 2:16 p.m., when a 2012 Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound on Lighthouse Road attempting to make a left turn into the Boondocks Restaurant entrance/exit. A 2005 Honda X13 (3-wheeled motorcycle) was following directly behind the Harley Davidson.  The operator of the Harley Davidson had his turn signal on and applied his brakes to stop and make the left turn.  The operator of the Honda failed to see the Harley Davidson’s turn signal in time and locked his front brakes up.  Subsequently the Honda struck the rear of the Harley Davidson. The collision caused both operators and a passenger of the Honda to be ejected, and the Honda to overturn on its right side.

The operator of the Harley Davidson, 45-year-old male from Townsend, was not wearing a helmet and was transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The operator of the Honda, a 71-year-old male from Townsend, was not wearing a helmet and was transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The passenger of the Honda, 76-year-old Carolyn Gamble from Townsend, was wearing a helmet and was transported to the Christiana Hospital in serious condition.  On August 17, 2018, Carolyn Gamble succumb to her injuries.

Lighthouse Road was closed for approximately 5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Released: 082018 1722

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Troopers Arrest Dover Man for Assault and Other Related Charges

Saul Velez-Mojica
Saul Velez-Mojica

Dover– The Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover man after a fight led to one victim being stabbed.

The incident occurred on Friday, August 17, 2018 at approximately 8:13 a.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the 800 block of  Papen Lane, for  a fight in progress.  Upon arrival, Troopers located a 45-year-old male victim, with injuries to his face and leg.  Further investigation revealed that the victim had engaged in a physical altercation with 31-year-old Saul Velez-Mojica.  Saul Velez-Mojica threatened to kill the victim and proceeded to obtain a pitchfork in which he stabbed the victim in his leg.

The victim was transported by EMS to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Prior to police arrival, Saul Velez-Mojica had fled the scene into a wooded area.  He was located shortly after and taken into custody without incident.

Saul Velez-Mojica was transported to the Justice of the Peace Court 7 where he was charged and arraigned with the following:

  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  •  Assault Second Degree
  • Terroristic Threatening
  • Resisting Arrest

Saul Velez-Mojica was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $15,000.00 secured bond.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 082018 1341

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*UPDATE-Victim Identified* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Newark

Newark- The Delaware State Police have identified Raju Chanappa, 57, from India, who was killed in the crash that occurred at approximately 10:34 p.m., on Saturday, August 18, 2018, on Salem Church Road, north of Deasy Drive.

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Newark

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Released: 082018 1028

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Troopers Investigating a Rash of Burglaries- New Castle County

Wilmington/Newark- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating multiple burglaries that occurred on Sunday, during the early morning hours.

On Sunday, August 19, 2018 between the hours 3:07 a.m. and 3:26 a.m., Troopers handled a total of five burglaries to businesses on Naamans Road, Wilmington.  A sixth burglary later occurred at approximately 4:44 a.m. in the Newark area.

  • Rite Aid, 2080 Naamans Road- The suspects arrived in front of the store at approximately 3:07 a.m. and forced entry through the front double glass doors.  Once inside, the suspects proceeded to the pharmacy area and removed an unknown amount of inventory prior to fleeing the scene.
  • AT&T Wireless, 2090 Naamans Road- The suspects arrived in front of the store at approximately 3:10 a.m. and attempted to force entry through the front glass door, eventually breaking the glass.  Once inside the suspects proceeded to the rear stockroom area and attempted to open a metal cabinet without success. Nothing was taken during this incident.
  • Walgreens, 1601 Naamans Road- The suspects arrived in the front of the store at approximately 3:16 a.m. and forced entry through the front double glass doors.  Once inside, the suspects proceeded to the pharmacy area, where they removed an unknown amount of inventory prior to fleeing the scene.
  • Verizon Wireless, 1722 Naamans Road- The suspects arrived in the front of the store at approximately 3:18 a.m. and forced entry through the front double glass doors.  Once inside, it appeared that cell phones were removed from display prior to fleeing the scene.
  • CVS, 702 Naamans Road- The suspects arrived in the front of the store at approximately 3:24 a.m. and forced entry through the front double glass doors.  Once inside, the suspects proceeded to the pharmacy area and removed an unknown amount of inventory prior to fleeing the scene.
  • AT&T Wireless, 3146 Fashion Center Boulevard, Newark- The suspects arrived in the front of the store at approximately 4:44 a.m. and forced entry through the front double glass doors.  Once inside, the suspects proceeded to the stockroom area and  removed over $36,000 worth of cell phones.

The suspects are described as two black males.  No surveillance images are available at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Troop 2, Criminal Investigative Unit, Detective B. Harris at 302-365-8410.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081918 1747

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Dover Man Charged with 5th Offense DUI After Crash

William S. Smith
William S. Smith (photo: 2006)

Dover- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover man with his 5th offense DUI after he struck two pedestrians.

The incident occurred on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at approximately 7:14 p.m., when Troopers were dispatched to North Dupont Highway (US 13) and W. Denneys Road, for a crash involving two pedestrians.  Upon arrival, it was discovered that a 2013 Nissan Altima, traveled off of the roadway, struck two pedestrians and a curb, and became disabled on W. Denneys Road at the entrance of the Delaware Technical Community College.  The operator of the vehicle involved in the crash, 51-year-old William S. Smith,  had fled the scene, and was located in the parking lot of the College. Upon contact with Smith, an odor of alcohol was detected and a DUI investigation ensued.  A computer check revealed that Smith had four previous DUI convictions, making this his fifth offense.

The pedestrians that were stuck, both 17-year-old females from Dover were transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Also in Smith’s vehicle during the crash, were two occupants, a 47-year-old male from Dover, and a 47-year-old female from Newark.  Both passengers were not injured as a result of this crash.

Smith was not injured as a result of the crash and was transported back to Troop 9 where he was charged with the following:

  • 5th Offense Driving Under the Influence
  • Vehicular Assault First Degree (2 counts)
  • Reckless Endangering Second Degree (2 counts)
  • Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in Injury
  • Driving While Suspended or Revoked
  • Other traffic related offenses

Smith was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $16,675.00 cash only bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081918 1317

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Troopers Arrest Seaford Juvenile for Burglary

William Millman
William Millman (photo:2017)

Seaford– The Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford juvenile in connection with a residential burglary.

The incident occurred on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m., when Troopers were dispatched to a residence on the 24000 block of  Rosalyn Drive for a report of a burglary.  Upon arrival, contact was made with the homeowner, 47 year-old female, who advised that a front window to her residence had been broken out, and a PlayStation 4 had been taken from inside.

Through investigative measures, 14-year-old William Millman was identified as the suspect.  Millman was taken into custody at his residence and transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:

  • Burglary Second Degree
  • Theft Under $1500
  • Criminal Mischief

Millman was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released to the custody of a guardian.

The PlayStation 4 was recovered and returned to the victim.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081918 0921

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Newark

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Newark (19702)- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred last evening in the Newark area.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:34 p.m., on Saturday, August 18, 2018, when a 2013 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound on Salem Church Road, north of Deasy Drive, and a 2018 Ford F-150 was traveling southbound on Salem Church Road.

The operator of the Ford F-150, a 39-year-old man from Bear, attempted to pass a vehicle that was directly in front of him.  The area in which he was attempting to pass the vehicle was a no passing zone, and marked with two solid yellow lines.  The F-150 crossed over the center lines and into oncoming traffic, striking the Camry head-on.

The impact displaced the Camry into a ditch and it overturned on the driver’s side trapping two of the three occupants.  The driver, a 31-year-old Newark man, was properly restrained, and transported to the Christiana Hospital in serious condition.  His two passengers, his father 57-years old and his mother 52-years old were seated in the back seat, unrestrained.  Both were transported to the Christiana Hospital, where the 57-year-old male was pronounced deceased, and the 52-year-old female was in critical condition.  Identification is pending next of kin notification.

The operator of the F-150 was properly restrained and transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threating injuries. In addition to disregarding the traffic control device (lane markings), it is suspected that alcohol may also be a contributing factor.

Salem Church Road in the vicinity of Deasy Drive was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081918 0728

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Troopers Investigating Shooting- Dover

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Dover (19904)- The Delaware State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred late last evening.

The incident occurred on Friday, August 17, 2018 at approximately 11:39 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to a residence on the 1300 block of Rose Valley School Road, for a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, Troopers located a 49-year-old male victim, laying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

Further investigation revealed that unknown suspect(s) drove past the residence and fired multiple shots in the direction of the victim and his wife, who were standing in the driveway in front of the house.

The victim was removed from the scene and transported by EMS to a local area hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The victim’s wife was not injured as a result of this incident.  No suspect information could be provided at this time.

This incident remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit.  If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to please contact Troop 3, Detective S. Carbine at 302-698-8444. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us. 

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081818 1259

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Homeless Sex Offender Notification

Dover– The following are not wanted. These are Homeless Sex Offender Public Notifications. If you have information that any of the listed subjects are occupying a residence, please call 302-672-5306. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081818 0754

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Troopers Arrest Frankford Man for Burglaries-Frankford

Cody L. Daisey
Cody L. Daisey

Frankford- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Frankford Man in connection with a burglary and an attempted burglary of a residence.

On Friday, August 17, 2018, at approximately 11:26 a.m., Troopers were dispatched to the 57000 block of  Lizzard Hill Road for a possible burglary in progress.  A witness had provided police with a description of a suspect who was attempting enter the front door of the residence and fled on a blue beach cruiser style bike.  While Troopers searched the area, they located 30-year-old Cody L. Daisey, riding a bicycle on Central Avenue and Old Cemetery Church Road.  As Troopers approached Daisey, he began to flee on his bike, and when he reached a grassy area, he got off the bike and began to flee on foot.  A brief foot pursuit ensued and Daisey was subsequently taken into custody without incident.  Troopers located a socket wrench and drug paraphernalia on his person.

Daisey was transported back to Troop 4, where it was later learned that on December 13, 2016, he had entered a residence on the 35000 block of Bayard Road, Frankford, through an unsecured door.  No items were taken during this incident.

Daisey was charged with the following:

  • Burglary Second Degree
  • Attempt to Commit Burglary Second Degree
  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Attempt to Commit Theft (2 counts)
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Daisey was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released after posting $26,500.00 secured bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081718 2027

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Troopers Investigating Armed Robbery of Liquor Store-Wilmington

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Wilmington (19808) – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a Wilmington liquor store that took place last night.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:42 p.m., on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Steve’s Discount Liquors located at 1204 Centerville Road, when a suspect entered the business, displayed a handgun, and demanded money.  The victims complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.  After obtaining the money, the suspect fled the business on foot.  The employees were not injured as a result of the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’10”-6’00” tall, 140-160 lbs., with his face covered and in possession of an unknown make and model handgun. No surveillance images are available at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8466.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081718 1923

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State Police Host “Basic School Resource Officer Training”

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The Delaware State Police hosted a 5-day, “Basic School Resource Officer Training” course at Troop 3, Camden on August 13-17, 2018. This course was created and maintained by the “National Association of School Resource Officers” (NASRO).

The NASRO Basic School Resource Officer Course is a forty-hour block of instruction designed for law enforcement officers and school safety professionals working in an educational environment and with school administrators. The course provides tools for officers to build positive relationships with both students and staff.

The course emphasizes three main areas of instructions:

  • Function of Law Enforcement – Instruction on the differences between law enforcement when conducted inside a school environment including understanding the teen brain and de-escalation techniques.
  • Mentoring Students – Instruction designed to provide tools to be a positive role model for youth, including informal counseling techniques.
  • Guest Speaking – Instruction on a variety of instructional techniques as well as classroom management tools to provide law-related education to students.

One of the instructors included, Detective Joey Melvin a School Resource Officer/Public Information Officer with the Georgetown Police Department, stated “It is impressive and encouraging to instruct a class of officers who are dedicated to the mission of creating safe learning environments. By participating in NASRO’s Basic School Resource Officer course, these officers are clearly demonstrating the vigilant culture of law enforcement assigned within Delaware schools.” 

Those in attendance gained a solid working knowledge of the School Resource Officer concept and how to establish a lasting partnership with their schools:

  • 12 Delaware State Troopers
  • 12 Capital School District Constables
  • 1 Selbyville Police Officer
  • 2 Seaford Police Officers
  • 1 Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police
  • 1 Polytech School District Constable
  • 2 Caroline County Sheriffs
  • 2 Chesapeake College Public Safety Officers
  • 2 Calvert County Sheriffs
  • 2 Talbot County Sheriffs
  • 1 Somerset County Sheriff
  • 1 West Lampeter Township(PA) Police Officer
  • 1 KST Security Consultant

The host of this course, Sergeant Mark A. Gaglione of the Delaware State Police Troop 3 Youth Aid Division, stated, “All law enforcement has recently been trained and continue to retrain on active shooters and school safety.  This course teaches that aspect but also how to prevent these incidents by becoming integrated into the school and community.  By being ever vigilant and present at schools, we can not only deter violence but be a partner with the community and schools to identify individuals in need of assistance and get them the help they need.  Additionally, by interacting with students of all different cultures, backgrounds, and other demographics we can better serve them and hopefully foster a more positive relationship between the community and the police that serve them.”

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081718 1743

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Troopers Investigating Armed Robbery of North Wilmington Liquor Store

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Wilmington (19809) – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a north Wilmington liquor store that took place last night.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:29 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2018 at the Silverside Discount Liquors, located at 1401 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, when a suspect armed with a handgun, approached an employee at the sales counter and demanded money from the register. The victim clerk complied with the demand by turning over an undisclosed amount of cash. After obtaining the money the suspect fled the business and was last seen running west on Silverside Road from Philadelphia Pike. The employee was not injured as a result of the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’08”-5’10” tall, thin to average build wearing a long-sleeved light colored shirt and shorts with his face covered in possession of an unknown make and model handgun. No surveillance images are available at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8466.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Presented by the Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz

Released: 081718 1321

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*UPDATE* Burglary Suspect Arrested

Destiny R. Thomas
*ARRESTED* Destiny R. Thomas

Kent County-  The Delaware State Police have arrested Millington, MD woman for her connection with multiple burglaries that occurred in the Hartly, Clayton, and Dover areas.

The Troop 3 Property Crimes Unit have been investigating numerous burglaries and through investigative measures they were able to identify the suspects, 25-year-old Destiny Thomas  and her brother, 32-year-old George Thomas 3rd, both of Millington, MD.

The investigation began in June 6, 2018, when the suspects gained entry into a residence on Arthursville Road, Hartly, removed metal parts from a 1965 Rambler American Model 235, and fled the scene.  On June 10, 2018, Troopers responded to Sudlersville Road, Clayton, in which the suspects entered the residence through a window and removed two shotguns and a television, prior to fleeing the scene.  On June 23, 2018, Troopers responded to Central Church Road, Dover, in which the suspects forced entry through a rear door and once inside they removed numerous electronics, power tools and jewelry prior to fleeing the scene.

Destiny Thomas turned herself in at the Dover Police Department on August 16, 2018.  She was later transported to Troop 3 where she was charged with the following:

  • Burglary Second Degree (2 counts)
  • Burglary Third Degree
  • Theft of a Firearm (2 counts)
  • Theft $1500 or Greater
  • Theft Under $1500 Where a Victim is 62 Years of Age or Older
  • Theft Under $1500
  • Criminal Mischief (2 counts)

Destiny was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $19,500.00 unsecured bond.

Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Burglary Suspect

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081718 1244

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Troopers Investigating Abduction-Smyrna

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Smyrna– The Delaware State Police are investigating an abduction that occurred in the Holly Hill Mobile Home Park.

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, Troopers responded to Laurel Lane to check on the welfare of a 28-year-old female who lived at that residence.  The victim’s boyfriend had received a call from her requesting help.  He believed the victim had been abducted by her estranged husband, 26-year-old Steven Smith of Smyrna.

Upon arrival at the residence, Troopers located a damaged front door and immediately checked the interior, and did not locate the victim.  It was learned that the victim and Smith had an extensive domestic history and he recently threatened to kill her.

Smith’s rental car was located in Holly Hills Mobile Home Park.  It was learned that the victim and Smith were traveling in the victim’s vehicle, in the West Virginia area.  The vehicle was located traveling in West Virginia, where a traffic stop was initiated, and a pursuit ensued.  During the pursuit, Smith drove over stop sticks and struck two patrol vehicles.  The vehicle eventually exited the roadway and became disabled.

Smith was found deceased in the vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The victim, also located in the vehicle, indicated that Smith had abducted and assaulted her, and indicated that he was going to kill her and then kill himself.

The victim was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

For further information regarding the incident in West Virginia, please contact Sergeant W. M. Roden of the West Virginia State Police at waylon.m.roden@wvsp.gov

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081718 0651

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Wilmington man

Wilmington-The Delaware State Police is issuing a Gold Alert for Shay Bromer, 26 of Wilmington. He also has ties to Pennsylvania.

He is described as a white male approximately 5’11” in height, approximately 195 pounds with black curly hair. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve black jacket (wearing no shirt underneath), black athletic shorts, black sneakers and wearing black framed glasses.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with him to check on his welfare. Attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful and there is a real concern for his safety and welfare.

If anyone has any information in reference to her whereabouts, they are asked to please contact Troop 6 at 302-633-5000. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Presented by the Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz

Released: 081618 2021

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Smyrna Woman

Jordan Cahall
Jordan Cahall

Smyrna- The Delaware State Police is issuing a Gold Alert for 28-year-old Jordan Cahall who was reported missing on Thursday, August 16, 2018, from her residence on Laurel Lane.

Jordan is described as a white female, 5’07” tall, 200 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She is possibly driving her 2002 blue, Ford Focus, DE registration 538550, and headed to the Virginia area.

Troopers have been unable to make contact Jordan to check on her welfare.  Attempts to locate her have been unsuccessful and there is a real concern for her safety and welfare.

If anyone has any information in reference to her whereabouts, they are asked to please contact Troop 9 at 302-378-5749.  Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 081618 0856

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