(Newark, DE 19702)  Yesterday (Nov 22), at approximately 11: 15 a.m., patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 4000 block of Rosetree Lane in the community of Rosetree Hunt for the report of a burglary in progress.

When officers arrived at the scene,  they observed what appeared to be forced entry to the residence and started a search of the area.  At this time one of the patrol officers observed a subject,  matching a description provided earlier by a witness, run into a wooded area. The officers gave chase and started a K9 track into the woods. During this track, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit Special Investigations Squad were in the area and were able to set up a perimeter.   The subject was located walking down rt 40 and a second foot pursuit started.  The subject,  identified as 31-year-old  Kesselee Kanda, was then apprehended near the entrance of Barrington.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit, Property Squad arrived and assumed the investigation. The investigation revealed that Kanda was not only responsible for today’s burglary but multiple additional burglaries.  The investigators found Kanda responsible for an October burglary that occurred on the 2000 block of East Huntington in the community of Pinecrest and another burglary that occurred on the 100 block of McCann Road in Sycamore Gardens.

Kanda was transported to police headquarters and there he was charged with 1 count of Burglary 1st, 2 counts of felony Burglary Second Degree, two counts of felony Theft where Victim is over 62, one count of Felony Theft, 2 counts of misdemeanor Criminal Mischief, and two counts of misdemeanor Resisting Arrest.

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $49,200 cash bail.

At the time of this news release, Kanda continues to be investigated for additional burglaries.

Kesselee Kanda