Delaware State Police have arrested a mother and son in connection with thefts from vehicles in the Selbyville, Ocean View, and Millville areas.
On Monday, July 31, around 2:15 a.m., troopers were dispatched to the area of the 36000 block of Wood Duck Way, in the Swann Keys development, for a reported theft in progress. The homeowner reported that a white male wearing camouflage pants was entering vehicles in front of their house. When the homeowner yelled at the man, he took off running. Troopers responding to Swann Keys observed a blue Ford Crown Victoria with a white male driving slowly through the neighborhood and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the car. The Crown Victoria failed to stop as the trooper activated the emergency equipment and continued driving through the development before finally coming to a stop in the area of the community pool.
Troopers noticed a white male driving a blue Ford Crown Victoria slowly through the neighborhood and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver continued driving through the development, failing to heed the trooper's flashing lights, before finally coming to a stop near the community pool.
Troopers took the driver, 24-year-old Bradley P. Morton, of Bishopville, Maryland, who matched the witness's description, into custody without further incident. Also arrested was his mother, 51-year-old Teresa L. Morton, also of Bishopville, who was found walking alone in the community.
A computer inquiry revealed Bradley Morton was also wanted for forgery and theft charges stemming from an April incident in which he was alleged to have stolen a check from a vehicle on Grant Avenue in Selbyville, written the check out to himself for $150 and forged the victim's signature before cashing it.
Bradley Morton was charged with two counts of forgery, second-degree burglary, identity theft, seven counts of theft, driving under the influence of alcohol, disregarding a police officer's signal, driving while suspended or revoked and other traffic related charges. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $26,200 secured bond. Detectives are continuing to follow up on more thefts from vehicles in the area and further burglary and theft charges are expected.
Teresa Morton was charged with three counts of attempted theft, three counts of criminal trespass and third-degree conspiracy. She was later released on $4,003 unsecured bond.