Three Sussex men arrested

Delaware State Police have arrested three suspects in connection with a Georgetown burglary.

The incident occurred on July 21 at 5:30 a.m., when troopers were dispatched to Old Furnace Road for a report of a burglary and spoke to a 95-year-old female victim, who advised she was awoken in the middle of the night by a person standing in her bedroom doorway. She proceeded to leave the room and encountered a second suspect. Both suspects then fled.

Further investigation revealed that several items were missing from her residence. It was discovered that the suspects had entered the victim's residence by prying open a window on the screened-in porch, causing damage to the screen and frame. The suspects removed two rifles, a set of spoons, the victim's credit and debit cards, a jar of change, a jewelry box with assorted jewelry and her emergency medical alert transponder.

Troopers were able to identify three suspects: 27-year-old Ethan A. Mulford of Seaford, 27-year-old Mark J. Smith Jr. of Georgetown and 32-year-old Matthew R. King Jr. of Laurel.

Mulford turned himself in on Tuesday, August 7 and was charged with:

possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony first-degree burglary possession or control of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited possession of burglar tools two counts of theft of a firearm theft under $1,500 where a victim is 62 years of age or older second-degree conspiracy theft by false pretense falsifying business records selling stolen property criminal mischief

He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $106,100 secured bond. 

Smith was taken into custody on August 7, at his residence on Old Furnace Road, without incident and was charged with:

possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony first-degree burglary possession of burglar tools two counts of theft of a firearm theft under $1,500 where a victim is 62 years of age or older second-degree conspiracy theft by false pretense falsifying business records selling stolen property criminal mischief

He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $14,200 secured bond.

King was taken into custody on August 7, at his residence on Oak Street in Laurel, without incident and was charged with:

possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony first-degree burglary possession or control of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited possession of burglar tools two counts of theft of a firearm theft under $1,500 where a victim is 62 years of age or older second-degree conspiracy criminal mischief under $1,000

King was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $103,100 cash only bond.