Baltimore Man Attempts to Flee Police After Trying to Cash Fraudulent Check

On November 27, 2019, at 1601 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to the Fulton Bank located at 281 East Main Street for a report of  a subject attempting to cash a fraudulent check.  Arriving officers spoke with bank management who advised that a male subject was at a teller counter attempting to cash a check using identification belonging to someone else.

As officers approached the suspect, he attempted to flee the bank.  However, the bank door was locked and he ran into the door, injuring himself.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect used a driver’s license, that did not belong to him, in an attempt to cash a check in the name of the person on the license.

The suspect was identified as Kevin Dougherty, 34, of Baltimore, MD.  During a search of Dougherty,  heroin was found in his possession.

Dougherty was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with Identity Theft, Attempted Theft, Forgery Second Degree, Criminal Impersonation, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Heroin.  Dougherty appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $6,500 secured bail.  Dougherty was turned over to the custody of the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Kevin Dougherty


Burglary of Cellular Phone Store – Suburban Plaza

On December 5, 2019, at about 0505 hours, Newark Police responded to a burglary alarm at a cellular phone store at 408 Suburban Drive in Newark.  Arriving officers found that the front door had been shattered.

Investigation at the scene revealed that a significant amount of merchandise had been stolen from within the store.  Officers spoke with a witness who advised that at least two suspects arrived in a vehicle and entered the store after breaking the front door glass.  The suspect vehicle was later found abandoned in a nearby parking lot.  This vehicle had been reported stolen in Moon Township, PA.

There is no video available for release at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. T. Gerasimov at (302) 366-7100 x. 3474 or  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Two Flee From Officers and Arrested After Attempted Theft From Vehicle

On December 4, 2019, at about 1410 hours, two Newark Police Officers were working in a plainclothes capacity when they observed a vehicle driving around the area of Library Avenue and Wyoming Road in Newark.  They observed as the vehicle drove into a nearby parking lot and one of the occupants approached several vehicles in the parking lot.  The vehicle was then observed driving through another nearby parking lot.

A marked Newark Police vehicle then attempted to stop this suspicious vehicle in the area of Marrows and Ogletown Roads.  The vehicle fled from the marked Newark Police car.  The suspect vehicle crashed a short distance away at the intersection of Library Avenue and Ogletown Road when it ran into a sign at the Newark Free Library.  The suspects fled on foot and were caught by Newark Police Officers a short distance away after a brief foot chase.

The suspects were identified as Amanda Grove, 30, of Newark and Jesse Dungan, 31, of Charlestown, MD. Grove was the driver of the vehicle.

Further investigation at the scene revealed that the suspects had attempted to steal a catalytic converter from a parked vehicle.  A search of the suspect vehicle yielded narcotic pills and hypodermic needles.

The suspects were transported to Newark Police headquarters where they were each charged with:

  • Attempted Theft
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Possession of a Narcotic Schedule III Controlled Substance
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Conspiracy 3rd Degree
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Trespass 3rd Degree

In addition, Grove was charged with Disregarding a Police Officer’s Signal, Reckless Driving and multiple other traffic offenses.

The suspects appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video. Grove was ordered to be held in default of $3607 cash bail and Dungan was ordered to be held in default of $3000 cash bail.  Grove was turned over to the custody of the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle and Dungan was turned over to the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Jesse Dungan
Amanda Grove