(Newark, DE 19702) Yesterday, (Nov 5) patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the Unimart on Brookmont Drive in the community of Sparrow Run for a Theft report.

The officer’s investigation revealed that the subject in the photograph distracted a clerk at the Unimart. The subject then removed a clear plastic container off the counter and ran out of the market towards the community of Wellington Woods.

The officer also learned that this container was used to collect monetary donations to a local church.

If you can identify any of these suspects or have any information regarding this investigation, please contact OFC Sean Sweeney-Jones at (302) 395-8171 or by calling the New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Citizens can also text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE. You can also submit a tip via our website at Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Division of Police.

Unimart thief



Today, November 5, Colonel Bond promoted Lieutenant Dolan, Lieutenant Polk, Sergeant Landis, and Sergeant Reid.

Lieutenant Polk joined the New Castle County Division of Police on April 12, 1999. Lieutenant Polk started his career as a Patrol Officer before working as a Detective on the Family Services Squad. Once attaining the rank of Sergeant he returned to patrol as a Patrol Sergeant. He was later assigned to the Professional Standards Unit.

Lieutenant Dolan joined the New Castle County Division of Police on July 6, 2004. Lieutenant Dolan Started her career in the Patrol Division before working as a Detective in the Crime Analysis Unit. In 2013 she was promoted to Sergeant and returned to the Patrol Division as a Patrol Sergeant. In August 2018 she assumed command of the Lt. Joseph Szczerba Police Academy.

Sergeant Landis joined the New Castle County Division of Police on September 7, 2010. Sergeant Landis started his career in the Patrol Division and later joined the Mobile Enforcement Team (MET). In 2017, Sergeant Landis was assigned to Operation Safe Streets.

Sergeant Reid joined the New Castle County Division of Police on November 14, 2011, and was later assigned to the Patrol Division. During that time he served as a Field Training Officer as well as a Property Crime Specialist. Sergeant Reid later joined the Criminal Investigation Unit as a Homicide Detective.


(Bear, DE 19701) Last Saturday (Nov 2), officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 600 block of Bridal Way, in the community of Hunters Run Trailer Park, for a burglary in progress.

When the officers arrived, they learned that the subject had fled the area. The officers were able to interview the victim.  The victim reported that an unknown black male was knocking on his window and his front door.  He then stated the subject had a flashlight and walked around the residence checking the windows.  Then he heard the rear door being smashed.  The victim confronted the subject and a fight ensued.  During the fight, the subject was able to break free and flee the residence.

Detectives from the New Castle County Criminal Investigations Unit arrived on the scene and assumed the investigation.

After an extensive investigation, the detectives were able to list 18-year-old, David L. Hancock from the City of Wilmington as the suspect.

Arrest warrants were signed and yesterday (Nov 5), Hancock was taken into custody at the New Castle County Courthouse.

He was transported back to New Castle County Police Headquarters and charged with one count of felony Burglary 1st, one count of felony Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, one count of felony Aggravated Menacing, and misdemeanor Assault 3rd.

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $59,000 secured bail.

David Hancock

David Hancock