Police arrested Rahsaan Jones, 37, and charged him with robbery, burglary, reckless endangering, theft, falsifying business records, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and resisting arrest.


An alleged scrap metal thief was arrested June 16 after Delaware State Police said he burglarized a barn two days in a row and then led police on a four-hour search before being found.

The first burglary happened on Wednesday when Rahsaan K. Jones, 37, took various scrap metal items from a Milford barn and then exchanged them for cash at Fitzgerald’s Salvage Yard, said Cpl. Bruce Harris of the Delaware State Police. The barn owner went to the scrap yard, found his items there and also Jones’ identity because he signed his name for the cash, Harris said.

On Thursday morning, Harris said Jones returned to the Milford barn but this time the victim and his son caught him removing more items and putting them into his Mazda Protégé.

Harris gave the following account: The victim and his son confronted Jones at which time he tried to drive away and crashed into the victim’s truck. The son then put a rod through the steering column of Jones’ car and was dragged a short distance after running over the barn owner’s foot. While driving away, Jones’ car got stuck on a pile of scrap metal that he tried to drive over and he fled by foot into a wooded area.

Police searched for a couple of hours before calling it off and then Harris said they received a 911 call about a suspicious person in a field.

Police arrested Jones and charged him with robbery, burglary, reckless endangering, theft, falsifying business records, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and resisting arrest. Jones was remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $25,500 secured bond.