POLICE SEE INCREASE IN CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS.

(New Castle, DE 19720) The New Castle County Division of Police is reminding citizens that thieves are stealing catalytic converters from cars at an increasing rate.

According to a report by National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the increase in catalytic converter thefts has been dramatic. Since January of 2022, the Division is reporting approximately 175 thefts in New Castle County alone.

A catalytic converter is a device that looks like a small muffler along the exhaust system. It is designed to convert the environmentally hazardous exhaust emitted by the engine and convert them into less harmful gasses. To do this, they use platinum, palladium, or rhodium. In recent years, however, the values of these precious metals have skyrocketed.

As the value of the precious metals remains high, so does the number of thefts of these devices. There is a clear connection between times of crisis, limited resources, and disruption of the supply chain that drives these thefts.

There are some measures that can be taken to decrease the likelihood that you will fall victim to these thefts.

-Park indoors if possible: What thief would break into a garage when there are easier targets outside?

-Look for cameras: Choose parking garages and parking lots covered by cameras when you need to park the vehicle.

-Park in a well-lighted area: Thieves are less likely to steal where they’re more likely to be seen.

-Consider installing a dash camera. Some dash cams use motion sensors and will record anyone close enough to your car to get to the catalytic converter. The presence of a camera can be enough to scare thieves off to find easier prey.

-Install an anti-theft device. Some car shops offer shields designed to make a catalytic converter harder to remove. We’re aware of no studies on how well these devices work, but it seems logical that thieves might move on to cars without them.

-As always please report suspicious behavior to the New Castle County Division of Police (3020 573-2800 or call 911.

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POLICE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO HEROIN ARREST IN KIAMENSI GARDENS

(Wilmington, DE 19804) During the month of July, Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) were investigating drug activity that was reportedly occurring on the 200 block of Binstead Avenue in the community of Kiamensi Gardens. 

The investigation revealed that 32-year-old Leroy Cain was conducting illicit drug sales from this residence.

A search warrant was authored and sworn to. Yesterday,  members of the New Castle County Division of Police SWAT Team and MET were able to execute the warrant.  The officers were able to apprehend another resident, 36-year-old, Joseph Flowers.  Flowers was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.

During the search, the officers located 25 bundles of heroin/fentanyl (345 bags) totaling 2.45 grams, 3.54 grams of crack/cocaine, and 12 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  cartridges.

Later in the day, the officers learned that Cain had returned to the residence. SWAT and MET subsequently went back to the address and executed a second search warrant.

Cain was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.

Flowers was issued a criminal summons for 3 charges of misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1 count of misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana.  He was released on his own recognizance.

Cain was charged with one count of felony Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance Tier 2 Quantity,  two counts of felony Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, one count of felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Tier 2 Quantity, one count of misdemeanor Resisting Arrest and one count of misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $24,200 cash bail.

Leroy Cain
Joseph Flowers

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POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING IN COLONIAL VILLAGE APARTMENTS

(New Castle, De 19720) Earlier today (Aug 10) at 10:44 a.m., patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 600 block of Moore’s Lane in the community of Colonial Village Apartments for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they learned that two people had been shot, one 28-year-old male had been shot in the leg and one 23-year-old man had been shot in the hand.  Both were transported by ambulance to a local area hospital where they were listed in stable condition.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation.

The detectives’ investigation so far has revealed that this incident was an accidental shooting.

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