Tips from local residents helped police catch two men who stole electronics from several cars and a home on East Main Street Sept. 11, Middletown Police said.
Two 25-year-old New Castle men were arrested and charged with the crimes.
At 2:20 a.m. Sept. 11, police responded to the unit block of Lakeside Drive in Middletown where the caller said they saw two male subjects trying to enter unsecured vehicles, police said.
While on scene, police saw one subject running from the area of the driveway on Silver Lake Drive. The suspect’s vehicle, a Nissan Altima, was found with at least three GPS units and a Sprint cell phone on the rear floor.
A few hours later at 6:52 a.m., Middletown Police saw the subject again, who was later identified as Antwone Bell, 25, of New Castle, walking on South Broad Street.
Police said that Bell was wearing clothing that matched the description of one of the suspects from earlier that morning.
Middletown Police took Bell into custody and learned that Bell and a friend were taking property from unsecured vehicles in the Cricklewood and Lakeside communities.
At 7:30 a.m., just half an hour after taking Bell into custody, police were called to the 100 block of East Main Street for a reported burglary.
The homeowner said that her residence was broken into through an unsecured door overnight and that her Apple iPad2 and a black Compaq Laptop were taken.
New Castle County Police did a property check of a residence on Aquilla Drive in New Castle as the possible location of Bell’s accomplice.
When police contacted the homeowner, they found that Jonathan Grimes, 25, was living in a shed in the rear, fenced yard of the property.
Police said that when they contacted Grimes he made an unsolicited statement that he had the property that they were looking for.
A search warrant of the premises on Aquilla Drive turned up the stolen Apple iPad and the Compaq Laptop.
A search of Bell’s Altima turned up stolen GPS devices and a cell phone that had been taken earlier but not reported. Police also said they found a woman’s purse that had been stolen week’s earlier from a car in Newark.
County Police returned the purse to the woman.
Grimes was charged with burglary and theft and committed to the Howard Young Correction Facility in default of $11,000 secured bail.
Bell was charged with theft, attempted theft, conspiracy, criminal trespassing and loitering and was released on a $2,610 unsecured bond.