A Smyrna man has been charged in burglaries that happened this week in the Townsend and Hartly areas.
Delaware State Police announced today that they have arrested Sean M. Gardner, 28, of Smyrna, in the case.
A second suspect will also be charged but he was admitted to an area hospital with an unrelated medical condition, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The investigation began Wednesday at about 9:32 a.m., when troopers responded to the 3000 block of Arthursville Road near Hartly after a report of two suspects attempting to break into a house.
The suspects fled and were seen leaving in a black Chrysler 300. The description of the vehicle was broadcast over the radio to the responding troopers and within 15 minutes troopers found the vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the 200 block of Slaughter Station Road.
When troopers arrived, the two suspects were seen attempting to break into that home, Fournier said.
As troopers chased the suspects on foot, the suspects attempted to steal a pickup truck from a residence in the unit block of Tack Shop Lane. Later they were captured without incident after a Delaware State Police helicopter crew saw them in a wooded area near the 500 block of Proctors Purchase Road.
Through further investigation, police determined that the two men are also the suspects in burglaries that happened earlier this week on Vandyke Greenspring Road and Sawmill Road between Smyrna and Townsend.
Gardner was charged with three counts of second-degree attempted burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, four counts of theft of a firearm, three counts of possession of burglar tools, five counts of second-degree conspiracy, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, four counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from having one, three counts of criminal mischief, criminal trespassing and theft, Fournier said.
He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $156,301 secured bond while awaiting another court appearance.
Charges against the second suspect are pending his release from the hospital.