A Rehoboth man was arrested early this morning after a traffic stop by the Lewes Police Department uncovered the theft of the car.
Around 12 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, June 21, officers with Lewes Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Chrysler 300, just south of Atlantic Avenue on Kings Highway, after they found that the tag displayed on the car was not on the correct vehicle. Contact was made with the registered owner, who advised the vehicle should've been parked at Below Book Auto Sales, located at 1608 Savannah Road, for repairs.
At that point, 19-year-old James F. Mulholland and a 16-year-old passenger were placed in custody until troopers could arrive to continue the investigation. A search of the car located two hand-held Motorola radios, 13 Fuelman gas cards and two sets of keys, which were later identified as belonging to Cape Henlopen High School.
Through investigation, it was learned that Mulholland had gone to Below Book Auto Sales around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18, and located the Chrysler 300 in the parking lot with the keys still inside. He then drove the vehicle to the Weis Market across the street, where he picked up the 16-year-old friend. Later that day, the two were at Cape Henlopen High School playing basketball when they saw a custodian at the maintenance building. The two began talking to the custodian and without him knowing, James removed two radios and two sets of keys. That same evening, Mulholand returned to the school alone and entered numerous buses, removing 13 Fuelman gas cards.
Mulholland was charged by state police with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft under $1500, and two counts of criminal trespass. He was later released on $3,000 unsecured bond. The Lewes Police Department also charged Mulholland with receive or transfer a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property and fictitious registration, which came with $2,000 unsecured bond.
The 16-year-old was not charged with any crimes.