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Milford Beacon
  • Suspect arrested in Rehoboth outlet store robbery, Milford crash

  • A 39-year-old Richmond, Va. man has been arrested after he and another suspect who is still at large allegedly burglarized the Coach Outlet in Rehoboth Beach on Sept. 11 and led police on a chase that ended in a crash in Milford.
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  • A 39-year-old Richmond, Va. man has been arrested after he and another suspect who is still at large allegedly burglarized the Coach Outlet in Rehoboth Beach on Sept. 11 and led police on a chase that ended in a crash in Milford.
    According to the Delaware State Police, an alarm activation was received from the store around 4 a.m. Troopers responding to the area observed a black Mercedes Benz SUV leaving the shopping plaza and attempted to perform a traffic stop. Police said the vehicle disregarded the troopers’ signal and continued northbound on Coastal Highway at a high rate of speed. Police said as the vehicle approached a slight right curve in the roadway at the Coastal Highway and U.S. Route 113 merge near Milford, a Ford Taurus traveling in the northbound lane was struck from behind, causing both vehicles to spin out of control. Police said the Mercedes came to a stop in the center median and the two occupants fled to the west, crossing the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway. Police said a male driver of the Taurus was transported to Milford Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    Police were able to recover 85 Coach purses estimated in value of over $29,000 from the suspects’ abandoned vehicle.
    Police said around 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, troopers were still searching the area north of where the crash occurred when a call for a suspicious person was received by the Kent County 911 Center. Police said troopers converged on a black male subject, identified as Timothy A. Hood, carrying a black sweatshirt and wearing grey sweat pants with no shoes as he was inside the Valero gas station on Bay Road in Milford. Hood was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown.
    Police said further investigation revealed Hood was also involved in two other burglaries that occurred in the same shopping center. On Aug. 7, the Sunglass Hut was burglarized after the window was shattered and over 60 pairs of sunglasses valued at about $11,600 were stolen. Then on Aug. 10, the Michael Kors Outlet was burglarized after a window was shattered and 85 purses valued at over $27,000 were removed.
    Hood faces numerous charges including three counts of third degree burglary, criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and second degree vehicular assault. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $75,000 cash bail.
    The second suspect is described as a black male wearing a brown or grey hooded sweatshirt with black pants. There is no further physical or clothing description available. Police said until he is arrested, they are unable to determine whether the second suspect is also linked to the Sunglass Hut and Michael Kors burglaries, but it is likely.
    If anyone has information on the suspect, they are asked to call 911 or utilize the DSP Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at www.delaware.gov/apps. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip via text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”
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