Weekly Crime Report – May 15, 2019

The following are cases of interest handled by the Newark Police Department between May 6th and 12th, 2019:

Thefts From Motor Vehicles:

  • Between 5/7 at 1830 hours and 5/8 at 0300 hours in the 800 block of Lehigh Rd – The victim’s unsecured vehicle was entered between the listed times and various items of value were taken.  Some stolen items were recovered in the roadway near the residence, while other stolen items were not recovered.
  • Between 5/7 at 1615 hours and 5/8 at 0730 hours in the 200 block of Beverly Rd – Unknown suspect(s) entered two different locked vehicles by unknown means and went through the contents of the vehicles.  Nothing was reported missing from either vehicle.

Criminal Mischief:

  • May 10th at 0022 hours in the 900 block of Ogletown Rd – Four unknown suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts walking on the railroad tracks threw rocks at vehicles parked in the parking lot causing varying degrees of damage to seventeen different vehicles.

Traffic Offenses:

  • May 11th at 1655 hours in the E Main Street area – The listed suspects rode off-highway vehicles in a reckless manner while in the E Main St / E Delaware Ave / E Cleveland Ave area of Newark.  Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Cpl. M. Gruszecki at (302) 366-7100 x. 3463 or mgruszecki@newark.de.us.  The suspects (pictured below) are described as:
    • White male, average build and wearing a light blue t-shirt with an unknown white symbol on the back and a full white helmet
    • White male, heavier build and wearing a black t-shirt with an unknown symbol on the front, cut-off jean shorts with holes, a green helmet and a face mask
    • White male, average build and wearing a gray t-shirt, dark pants, red sneakers, a silver helmet and a face mask

See our tips page for various methods to contact Newark Police to provide information about these cases. Possible reward information can also be found on the page.

Cellular Phone Theft Investigation

On May 13, 2019, a theft of a cellular phone was reported to Newark Police.  The victim reported that at about 1700 hours, she was shopping in the Acme Supermarket, located at 100 College Square, in Newark.  She put her cellular phone and wallet down on a shelf as she shopped.  Once the victim realized that she forgot her phone on the shelf, she returned to the shelf and found it was missing and contacted police.

Through the use of the phone’s GPS location, officers recovered the phone and wallet at the nearby Wawa located at 601 Ogletown Rd.  During a review of surveillance video from both businesses, officers developed a suspect in the incident (photo below).  The suspect is described as a white male, 5’8″ – 6’0″ tall, about 175-185 pounds, gray hair, a beard and wearing a royal blue jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes.  He may be operating a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Chevrolet.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect, or information on this incident, is asked to call Cpl. P. Lawrence at (302) 366-7100 x. 3139 or plawrence@newark.de.us.  Additional methods for contacting Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where a reward may be available.

Newark Police Department Launches Crime Mapping Service

The Newark Police Department is proud to launch a web based program to map crime. This program will allow residents to view police activity and information which is updated on a regular basis.

In an effort to provide residents with public safety information, the website allows users to search a variety of crime types and time frames.

The crime map is a tool that gives the public the ability to know what is happening in their community while enhancing the Department’s transparency.

  • Citizens can subscribe to crime alerts and receive email updates when new crimes occur near a specific address.
  • Only crimes that have completed a review and approval process are displayed. Cases under review are excluded from the daily updates.

Click here to access the crime map. Read More