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  • Tips from the public lead to arrest of Wilson's Auction burglars

  • Hours after released surveillance images of two men who burglarized Wilson's Auction in Milford, 22-year-old Milford resident Christopher J. Carter and 22-year-old Lincoln resident Christopher L. Willey were identified through numerous tips, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
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  • A Milford man and a Lincoln man are facing multiple charges after police identified them as two suspects in an Aug. 4 burglary at Wilson’s Auction near Lincoln.
    Hours after released surveillance images of two men, 22-year-old Milford resident Christopher J. Carter and 22-year-old Lincoln resident Christopher L. Willey were identified through numerous tips, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    Carter and Willey allegedly broke into one of the main buildings of Wilson’s Auction, at 10120 Dupont Highway, at about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 and removed jewelry and about $4,000 in cash and from a safe, Fournier said.
    Carter was arrested after police received an anonymous tip at about 1 p.m. Aug. 6 that one of the suspects shown in surveillance images was standing outside of the Harrington Raceway and Casino near Harrington, Fournier said.
    When a trooper arrived at the casino, the man, later identified as Carter, started fleeing on foot and throwing away items from his pockets during the chase. He was captured by other troopers responding to the short foot pursuit and taken into custody.
    Police found eight small bags of heroin in his possession, Fournier said.
    Carter was taken to Troop 4 in Georgetown and is charged with third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, theft over $1,500, second-degree conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
    He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $19,000 secured bond.
    Willey was arrested after detectives located the vehicle he was last seen driving at about 9:20 a.m. Aug. 8, thanks to tips from the public, Fournier said. He was arrested without incident at the Red Mill Inn in Lewes, Fournier.
    Willey was taken to Troop 4 in Georgetown and is charged with third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, theft over $1,500 and second-degree investigation. He was waiting arraignment when this article was published.
    A police investigation into the Wilson’s Auction burglary revealed that a fully-loaded .357 revolver also was taken from the safe and hasn’t yet been recovered, Fournier said.

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