A 25-year-old Harrington man was arrested by the Kent County Drug (KDU) and Troop 3 Criminal Investigation Unit for attempting to sell stolen firearms to an undercover officer.
An undercover investigation involving stolen firearms in the possession of a convicted felon culminated with the arrest of the suspect, identified as Phillip M. Wright, on Oct. 7.
Working undercover, KDU detectives contacted Wright to discuss the details and price of four stolen firearms that Wright was attempting to sell, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
Wright, a convicted felon on Level III probation, offered criminal investigators a description of the firearms, which then helped investigators to locate a possible victim of a burglary that occurred Oct. 5 in the 500 block of Rose Valley School Road in Dover in which five firearms were stolen, Fournier said.
Around 12:15 p.m., KDU members arranged to meet with Wright at the Shore Stop at 8953 South Dupont Hwy. in Felton to purchase the four weapons. Upon completion of the sale, Wright left the parking area and went to the gas pumps where he was taken into custody without incident, Fournier said.
Detectives recovered two 12-gauge shotguns and two .22-caliber rifles. The fifth stolen weapon, a Ruger .223-caliber rifle, was recovered Oct. 9, Fournier said.
Wright was transported to Troop 3 where he was charged with four counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, four counts of engaging in a firearms transaction on behalf of another subsequent offense and four counts of receiving a stolen firearm. Additional charges are pending for the burglary on Rose Valley School Road.
Wright was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $121,000 cash bail.