(Middletown, DE 19709) On September 6, 2020, officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the community of Back Creek for a Theft report. When the officers arrived, they learned that the victim was contacted by 54-year-old William “Bill” Wheatley via social media. He stated that he was going through hard times and needed money. The victim then sent him some money. When Wheatley asked for more money, she offered to pay him to do odd jobs around her house.
He obliged and while he was doing work at the house the victim noticed multiple items were missing. The victim made him leave and subsequently contacted 911.
To date over $10,000 worth of property has been stolen and the officers were able to sign for one count of felony Theft of $1500 or Greater and one count of felony Theft & Victim is Over the Age of 62.
Wheatley is still at large and is described as a white male, 5’08” and approximately 220lbs.
We are concerned that there may be additional victims and are urging anyone who may have had William Wheatley in their residence to carefully account for valuables.
If located, members of the community are advised to avoid contact and call 911.
Also, if you have any information pertaining to this investigation, please call our non-emergency number at (302) 573-2800 or contact Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police.
Citizens can also text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE.