Two Men Arrested Following String of Thefts from Motor Vehicles

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WILMINGTON, DE — Wilmington Police have arrested two men following a string of theft from motor vehicle incidents.

Authorities state that on January 2 at approximately 6:30 a.m. police responded to the 200 to 600 blocks of Geddes Street for a report of multiple parked vehicles being broken into.  Police made contact with two suspects in the area of South Broom and Cedar Streets, 34-year-old Dustin Harper of Elsmere and 39-year-old Marcus Stonebreaker of Newark.  Through investigative measures, police were able to connect the suspects to the vehicle break-ins.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. While in custody, Stonebreaker gave police a false name.  He was found to have several outstanding capiases.  Police recovered 3 bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Harper was charged with the following offenses:

  • Burglary 3rd Degree (2 counts)
  • Possession of Burglar Tools (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy 2nd Degree (2 counts)
  • Attempt to Commit Burglary 3rd
  • Theft Under $1,500 (2 counts)
  • Criminal Mischief Under $1,500 (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
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He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $52,000 cash-only bail.

Stonebreaker was charged with the following offenses:

  • Burglary 3rd Degree (2 counts)
  • Possession of Burglar Tools (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy 2nd Degree (2 counts)
  • Forgery 2nd Degree
  • Hindering Prosecution
  • Criminal Impersonation
  • Attempt to Commit Burglary 3rd
  • Theft Under $1,500 (2 counts)
  • Criminal Mischief Under $1,500 (2 counts)
  • Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree
  • Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree

He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $29,000 cash-only bail.

The Wilmington Police Department also stated that it wants to remind the public to keep vehicles secured when unoccupied, to remove valuables from plain sight, and to report any suspicious activity to police as soon as possible.

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Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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