Newark Man Arrested for Thefts From Multiple Vehicles

On December 19, 2019, at about 0423 hours, Newark Police received a report of a theft from a vehicle that had just occurred in the 900 block of Rahway Drive in Newark.  Responding officers canvassed the area and located a male loitering by a vehicle in a driveway in the 900 block of Kenilworth Avenue.  Officers attempted to make contact with the male and he fled on foot through backyards on Kenilworth Avenue.  Officers engaged in a foot pursuit with the male and took him into custody.  During a search incident to the arrest, heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in the suspect’s possession.  In addition, a hammer used to break vehicle windows was also found in his possession.

Officers then checked the surrounding streets and located six vehicles that had been entered and had items removed.  These vehicles were located on Amherst Drive, Rahway Drive, Kenilworth Avenue, High Pond Drive and Woodsman Drive.  All of the vehicles had been left unlocked at the time of the thefts.

The investigation is ongoing as to whether this suspect is linked to recent thefts from other vehicles in Newark.

The suspect was identified as Bradley Hooks, 28, of Newark.  Hooks was transported to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:

  • Burglary Third Degree (6 counts)
  • Theft Under $1500 (6 counts)
  • Possession of Burglar’s Tools
  • Trespass Third Degree (3 counts)
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Hooks appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $17,902 secured bail.  Hooks was turned over to the custody of the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

As a result of this incident, assorted personal property was recovered and returned where the owner could be identified.  However, owners were not identified for some property, including jewelry.  Anyone who believes that their stolen property may have been recovered by Newark Police is asked to email PFC C. McKennon at

Bradley Hooks

Two Men Arrested for Burglary and Theft From Former Rodney Dorm Site

On December 17, 2019, at about 2018 hours, Newark Police responded to the former Rodney Dorm site on Hillside Road for a report of a burglary in progress.  A witness reported observing two males within the fenced site removing copper.

Responding officers located a pick-up truck parked on a walking path along the property.  The truck was found to be loaded with more than $2,000 worth of scrap copper.  Newark PD officers, with the assistance of a New Castle County PD K-9 unit and officers from the University of Delaware PD, searched the property and were unable to locate the suspects.  The vehicle and copper were seized by Newark PD at that time.  Officers located documents identifying two possible suspects within the vehicle.

Shortly after the initial report, the Newark PD 911 center received a report of a domestic dispute involving a handgun that was occurring in a vehicle.  Officers attempted to locate the source of the call and attempted to call the phone back and were unsuccessful.  Records from the cell phone provider revealed that the owner of the phone was the same as the name on one of the identifying documents in the seized pick-up truck from the burglary.

Further investigation revealed that the 911 call reporting the domestic incident was actually a false report in an attempt to get the police away from the burglary scene.

On December 18, 2019, warrants were obtained charging William Byrd, 32, of New Castle and Rodnie Allen, 32, of Norristown, PA with their involvement in this incident.  Later that day, both suspects came to Newark PD in an attempt to retrieve the vehicle involved in this incident.  Both were arrested at that time without incident.

They were each charged with:

  • Burglary Third Degree
  • Theft Over $1500
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Criminal Mischief Under $1000
  • Criminal Trespass Second Degree

In addition, Byrd was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident and Malicious Interference With Emergency Communications for making the false 911 call.

Both defendants appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 and were released on their own recognizance.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cpl. A. Golden at (302) 366-7100 x. 3484 or  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

William Byrd
Rodnie Allen



Theft and Unlawful Use of Payment Card Investigation

On December 13, 2019, an employee of a business in the 500-block of Creek View Road, Newark, reported the theft of her wallet.  The victim reported that her wallet and credit cards had been stolen during the morning hours, possibly while she was at the business.

At about 1330 hours that same day, attempts were made to use the stolen credits at the Walmart on Wilton Blvd in New Castle, DE.  The suspect attempting to use the cards is a black female wearing red-rimmed glasses and she has shoulder length black hair.

Surveillance photos from the Walmart are displayed below.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cpl. R. Martin at (302) 366-7100 x. 3470 or  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.