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  • Delaware City man among suspects charged in Newark burglary

  • Two laptop computers and prescription pills were stolen after a break-in on Kells Avenue.
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  • Suspects from Delaware City and Newark were arrested for a burglary of a Newark residence on Wednesday.
    At about 5:44 a.m., Newark Police responded to a report of a burglary in the 100 block of Kells Avenue. The victim said when he woke up, he saw that his basement door had been kicked in, and that two Dell laptop computers, gift cards, and prescription pills had been stolen from his residence.
    At about 1:02 p.m., Newark Police responded to the unit block of Kells Avenue in response to a complaint about suspicious people. The caller said two men with backpacks were possibly attempting to enter a house.
    Officers arrived and talked to the men who fit the description given by the caller.
    Police investigated and found that both suspects had property on them linking them to the earlier burglary.
    Michael Gardiner, 23, of Delaware City, and James McKelvey, 25, of Newark, were both charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500, criminal mischief under $1,000, third-degree conspiracy, and two counts of second-degree criminal trespassing, police said.
    McKelvey also struggled with officers when they were attempting to take him into custody, and so he was charged with resisting arrest, police said.
    Gardiner was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $7,201 cash bail.
    McKelvey was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $5,300 cash bail.
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