In July, 2019, the NPD Special Operations Unit began an investigation into graffiti located at various locations in Newark. These locations included various City parks, railroad facilities and the old Rodney Dorm complex on Hillside Road. Based upon the tags written and various witness and social media information gathered during the investigation, officers identified the suspect as a 14 year-old Wilmington youth.
On August 2, 2019, the youth was taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant at his residence. The male youth was charged with 13 counts of Graffiti and 13 counts of Possession of Graffiti Implements. In addition, he was charged with one count of Criminal Trespass Second Degree for entering the fenced-off Rodney Complex.
The youth appeared before New Castle County Family Court where he was released to parental custody on $1,000 unsecured bond.
On July 31, 2019, at 1434 hours, Newark Police responded to the unit block of Center Street for a residential burglary. The resident reported that he came home to his residence and heard noises on the second floor. The victim went upstairs to find that there was damage to his bedroom and various personal property had been stolen from the residence.
Responding officers and a Newark PD K-9 checked the area and did not locate a suspect.
Newark Police Detectives began to investigate the incident and used surveillance video and witness statements to identify the suspect as Thomas Reamer, 23, of Middletown.
On August 1st, 2019, Reamer was taken into custody by the University of Delaware Police Department after he was found trespassing on the Amtrak train tracks.
Reamer was charged with one count each of Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft Under $1,500 and Criminal Mischief. He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 and was ordered held in default of $11,600 secured bond. His custody was transferred to the Howard R Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington.