A 27-year-old Dover man and a 48-year-old Lincoln man have been arrested and charged with allegedly stealing multiple appliances from newly constructed or renovated homes in Kent and Sussex counties.
A 27-year-old Dover man and a 48-year-old Lincoln man have been arrested and charged with allegedly stealing multiple appliances from newly constructed or renovated homes in Kent and Sussex counties.Kevin L. Trotter from Dover and Nathaniel A. Gibbs of Lincoln were charged with a string of 52 other incidents following an investigation by detectives from Troop 4 in Georgetown and Troop 3 near Camden, said Master Corporal Gary Fournier, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.
The investigation started on Dec. 5 around 3 a.m. when a state trooper on patrol near Willow Grove Road (Route 10) and Chanticleer Circle observed a white van slowly driving around the development of the Ponds of Willow Groves where new homes were under construction, Fournier said.
The trooper watched the van slowly drive out of the development before it came to a stop on Route 10 just east of the entrance where it sat for several minutes.
The trooper then initiated a traffic stop and Trotter and Gibbs fled from the vehicle on foot toward a wooded area and retention pond, said Fournier.
Trotter and Gibbs were apprehended a short time later with the help of a state police K9 and taken to Troop 3 near Camden.
While detectives were interviewing the suspects about their suspicious activities a burglary complaint was called in to the Kent County Emergency Operations Center around 8:30 that morning in the 900 block of Chanticleer Circle in the Ponds of Willow Grove.
A construction company called to report someone had broken into a house and moved appliances from the kitchen to the garage in an attempt to steal them.
Police determined through interviews that the suspects they had in custody had conspired to steal the appliances from the house.
Trotter and Gibbs are charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of possession of burglar tools, attempted theft, second-degree conspiracy, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
They were taken to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown as Trotter was held on $10,450 secured bond and Gibbs on $9,800 secured bond.
State police detectives continued to compile information on 52 other incidents surrounding the theft of appliances from houses under construction or renovation throughout Kent and Sussex counties and charged the two with 161 additional charges, including burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
Trotter is being held at SCI on $181,500 secured while Gibbs is $321,200 secured on the additional charges.