Newark Police Seek Battery Thieves

On October 8, 2018, a business in the 900 block of Interchange Boulevard, Newark, reported the theft of multiple vehicle batteries from trucks belonging to the business.  The theft occurred over the weekend while the business was closed.  The owner of the business contacted a Newark-area battery company and found that a male and female had recently been at the business to sell batteries to the battery company.

During the course of the investigation, Rolanda Brennan, a 39 year-old white female from Elkton, MD was identified as the female who sold the batteries to the battery company.  Subsequent investigation, including witness interviews and surveillance video, linked Brennan and Arnold Anderson, a 44 year-old white male from Elkton, MD, to the theft of the batteries from Interchange Boulevard.  The value of the batteries stolen was over $2,300.

Additional investigation by Newark Police on Interchange Boulevard revealed a second business whose vehicles had batteries stolen by the same suspects.  The value of that theft totaled over $300.

On October 8, 2018, Newark Police obtained warrants charging Brennan and Anderson with the following crimes:
Theft Over $1500 (felony)
Conspiracy Second Degree (felony)
Theft Under $1500
Tampering with a Vehicle (2 counts)

The whereabouts of Brennan and Anderson are unknown.

Anyone with information about their location, or information on these cases, is asked to call Officer J. Lee at (302) 366-7100 x. 3462 or jlee@newark.de.us.

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A photo of Brennan is posted below.  A photo of Anderson is not available.

Brennan
Rolanda Brennan

The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Newark Juvenile Arrested for Bicycle Thefts

On October 3, 2018, a bicycle was reported stolen from within the attached garage of a residence on Woodshaw Road.  The garage door had been left open.  Officers developed a 17-year-old Newark juvenile male as a suspect in the theft.

On October 4, 2018, officers observed the juvenile riding on a bicycle in the area of Church Road in Newark.  Officers attempted to stop the juvenile and he fled from officers on the bicycle.  Officers were able to get the juvenile stopped and took him into custody.  The bicycle he was riding was found to have been stolen the day before from the driveway of a residence on Chrysler Avenue in Newark.  When the juvenile was taken into custody, he was found to have marijuana in his possession.

The juvenile was transported to Newark Police Headquarters and appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was ordered held in default of $5,100 secured bail.  He was turned over to the New Castle County Detention Center.

The juvenile was charged with the following offenses:

Burglary Second Degree (Felony)
Possession of Marijuana
Theft Under $1500
Receiving Stolen Property Under $1500
Resisting Arrest

Both bicycles involved in this case were recovered.  This juvenile is NOT the suspect in a separate press release issued on October 3, 2018 in reference to a bicycle theft from the 200 block of East Delaware Avenue.  The press release on that incident can be found here:
https://newarkdepolicepress.com/2018/10/03/newark-police-seek-identity-of-bike-theft-suspects/

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Officer C. McKennon at (302) 366-7100 x. 3491 or cmckennon@newark.de.us.

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Update #1 – Newark Police Investigate Serious Crash Involving a Pedestrian

On October 5, 2018, at about 7:08 pm, Newark Police were dispatched to a crash at the intersection of Library Avenue and Wyoming Road. Responding officers found a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital and the Newark Police Traffic Unit responded to investigate the crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed the following:
At 7:08 pm, a Nissan Altima, operated by a 35 year-old female from Newark, Delaware, was traveling southbound on Library Avenue. Just after the Altima crossed through the intersection with Wyoming Road, a 24 year-old female from Newark was walking westbound across the southbound lane of Library Avenue. The pedestrian was about 20 feet south of the intersection and was not in a crosswalk. The Altima struck the pedestrian in the southbound lane. The operator of the Altima remained at the scene.

The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and has since been admitted to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Library Avenue was closed for about 3 hours while the crash was investigated.

Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this crash.

The original press release can be found here: Newark Police Investigate Serious Crash Involving a Pedestrian

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