In late 2018, Newark Police began to receive reports of burglaries to residences along the Pomeroy Trail area of Newark. The residences involved belong mostly to University of Delaware students who were away during the winter break. Residents reported that unknown suspect(s) had entered their residences and removed property from within. In some cases, entry to the residences was gained by damaging doors and/or windows. In other cases, there was no forced entry into the residences. In one case, on December 22, 2018, a resident observed a suspect in his residence armed with a gun. Through this investigation, the gun was determined to be a BB gun. The prior press release for that incident can be found here.
Upon receipt of these reports, Newark Police Detectives began to investigate the crimes. Using witness statements, surveillance cameras and covert surveillance by plain clothes officers, Newark Police were able to identify three suspects in these incidents.
On February 1, 2019, Detectives executed search warrants at the residences of all three suspects and located evidence connecting them to the crimes. All three suspects were taken into custody the same day and transported to Newark Police headquarters.
The suspects, all juveniles, have been identified as:
[expunged], 16, of Newark
Edward Schaffer, 16 of Wilmington
Joseph Quick, 16, of Bear
Each suspect had various involvement in one, some or all of the burglaries as detailed below.
[expunged] was charged with three (3) offenses: one (1) count each of Burglary 2nd Degree, Conspiracy 2nd Degree and Theft Under $1,500.
[expunged] appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was released on $9,750 unsecured bond.
Schaffer was charged with thirty-seven (37) offenses: ten (10) counts of Burglary 2nd Degree, one (1) count of Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree, eight (8) counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree, fourteen (14) counts of Theft Under $1,500 and four (4) counts of Criminal Mischief.
Schaffer appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was released on $75,000 unsecured bond.
Quick was charged with fifty-seven (57) offenses: sixteen (16) counts of Burglary 2nd Degree, one (1) count of Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree, ten (10) counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree, twenty-three (23) counts of Theft Under $1,500 and seven (7) counts of Criminal Mischief.
Quick appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was ordered held in default of $117,200 secured bond. He was committed to the New Castle County Detention Center.
All three defendants will be required to appear in New Castle County Family Court at a later date.
This six week investigation cleared sixteen (16) burglaries and one (1) attempted burglary. The burglaries occurred on Choate Street, North Chapel Street, East Cleveland Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Wilbur Street, Kershaw Street and North College Avenue.
Anyone who may have additional information about these incidents is asked to contact Det. W. Anderson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The following are cases of interest handled by the Newark Police Department between January 19th and January 26th, 2019:
On January 19, 2019, a resident in the unit block of East Cleveland Avenue reported that unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s residence through the rear door and removed various property from within the residence. No damage was caused to enter the residence. The victim reported that the incident occurred between 1630 and 1800 hours on that date. Some interior doors to bedrooms within the residence were forced open and items were taken from within. There are no known suspects in this incident.
On January 19, 2019, a resident in the 100 block of North College Avenue reported that unknown suspect(s) entered the residence between 1600 and 1700 hours. Entry was gained through an unsecured front door. Once inside, the suspect(s) kicked open bedroom doors and removed property from within the residence. There are no known suspects in this incident.
Between January 21st and January 26th, Newark Police responded to three separate overdose incidents where victims had to be revived using Naloxone and/or CPR.
On January 29, 2019, at about 0244 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Lynley Lane for a report of subjects pulling on door handles of vehicles. Upon arrival, a responding Newark Officer encountered three subjects leaving the area. Two of the suspects fled on foot and one was captured at the scene. The suspects who fled were only described as two males.
The suspect caught at the scene was identified as 17 year-old Savion Whyte-Douglas of Newport, Delaware. Whyte-Douglas was found in possession of property that had been taken from two different vehicles in the nearby Woods at Louviers neighborhood. Neither of the vehicles entered had been damaged.
Newark Police were assisted at the scene by the University of Delaware Police Department and a K-9 Unit from the New Castle County Police Department.
Whyte-Douglas was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Conspiracy Second Degree – both felonies. Additionally, he was charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft. Whyte-Douglas appeared before New Castle County Family Court and was ordered held in default of $3,000 secured bail.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Cpl. P. Craig at (302) 366-7100 x.3416 or email@example.com.
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