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  • Update: Hertrich burglary suspect returned to Delaware

  • The 26-year-old Milford man suspected of burglarizing a local car dealership and then injuring a state trooper while escaping was extradited to Delaware Aug. 27 and formally charged.
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  • The 26-year-old Milford man suspected of burglarizing a local car dealership and then injuring a state trooper while escaping was extradited to Delaware Aug. 27 and formally charged.
    Darrell R. Putnam was charged with first-degree assault of a police officer, second-degree burglary, attempted theft of $1,500 or more, criminal mischief of $5,000 or more, resisting arrest with force and criminal mischief of $1,000 but less than $5,000.
    He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $48,000 secured bond.
    On Aug. 11, Putnam attempted to remove a safe from Hertrich Nissan at 1378 S. Dupont Highway near Milford, and injured a responding Delaware State police trooper in his attempt to flee the premises, said DSP spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    Putnam also struck two other vehicles before fleeing the scene, Fournier said. The injured trooper was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital and treated for a fractured left foot, Fournier said.
    Two days after the incident, Putnam was taken into custody by the Downingtown Police Department and was incarcerated in a Chester County Detention Center in Pennsylvania until his extradition to Delaware.

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