Crime Alert: Night Time Burglaries- Meadowood

New Castle County Police are currently investigating two night time burglaries in the community of Meadowood.

(Newark, Del. -19711) Early this morning (July 25) at 2:00 a.m. and 3:25 a.m., County Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Cloverlea Rd and then the 100 block of Rockwood Rd, respectively, for two burglaries in progress.  In both cases, the victims were awoken by a person in their residence. The suspect stole various items and fled when confronted; no further description is available at this time.  No victims were injured during the incidents.

Detectives responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation.

If you observe suspicious activity, please call 9-1-1 immediately.  If you have any information pertaining to these crimes, please call NCCPD at (302)573-2800.

New Castle County Police would like to remind the public of some tips to keep your home secure and make it less enticing for burglars:

Protect Your Home’s Exterior-

CLOSE AND LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS. Use deadbolts with at least a one inch throw. Window screens do not stop a burglar.

Make sure all first floor window air conditioning units cannot be easily removed.

Display your house number in plain view. Reflective numbers are even better.

Install lighting at all entrances, including decks, porches, sheds and garages.

Trim back any overgrown trees and shrubs from window ledges. Overgrown landscaping provides burglars with a place to hide.

Neighbors, passing motorists and police officers should be able to see your windows and doors. Close your blinds at night.

Do not leave ladders in your yard. Be sure to secure them in your garage or shed.

Reinforce sliding glass doors with slide bolt through the frame and a block in the track.

Do not hide keys outside your home.

Do not leave your garage door openers inside your vehicle. Lock interior garage doors.

Alternate the location/direction of your parked vehicle (s) to avoid predictability

Protect Your Home’s Interior-

Install dead bolt locks on all entrance and exit doors and make sure you use them every time you leave the residence. Many burglaries occur when a homeowner leaves for only a short time. If you leave it—lock it!

Install window locks. Always make sure ground floor windows are securely locked.

Beware of ‘distraction-style’ burglaries. There are bands of burglars who are organized. One will distract you, typically with home improvement solicitations, while a partner burglarizes your home.

Install a “Door Viewer” or “Peep Hole” so you can see who is knocking at the door. If you don’t know who it is, do not open it.

Do not leave information on your social networking sites or voice mail detailing your travel plans.

Use timers on your lights to give the appearance that someone is home. Consider leaving a radio or television on.

Cut up, fold or recycle boxes from recent expensive purchases instead of leaving them curbside.

Do not leave your garage door open when outside doing yard work or other chores.

 

For more burglary prevention information, please contact the New Castle County Police Community Services Unit – (302) 395-8050

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Foot Patrol Nets Firearm Arrest

New Castle County Police have arrested 22-year-old Daqwan Vincent for firearm and drug charges in the community of Wilton.

(New Castle, Del. – 19720) Last night (July 12) at about 10:45p.m., County Police Community Engagement Specialists (CES) responded to the community of Wilton to conduct foot patrol after receiving complaints of drug activity.  CES officers conducted foot patrol in the community and observed a red Mazda sedan parked in the overflow parking lot on Baylis Street.  CES officers observed that the vehicle had a crowd of people around it.  As CES officers approached the vehicle, they detected the odor of marijuana. Upon making contact with the group, CES officers observed a bag of marijuana on the roof of the vehicle.

CES officers collected information from the group and found that one person, later identified as Daqwan Vincent, provided a false name.  When they discovered Daqwan Vincent’s actual name, police found that he was wanted on unrelated charges.  During a search incident to his arrest, CES officers located a loaded handgun concealed in his pants’ waistband.

Daqwan Vincent, of the unit block of Baylis St, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm while possessing drugs, criminal impersonation and possession of marijuana.  He was arraigned and committed to Young Correctional Institution after failing to post $13,501 cash-only bail.

No other arrests were made during this incident.

Daqwan Vincent

Daqwan Vincent

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S/Sgt Gustavo Zeissig and S/Sgt Allen Herring promoted to Lieutenant, S/Cpl Peter Stewart and M/Cpl James Allison promoted to Sergeant

Today (July 12) at the Investigator’s meeting, Colonel Vaughn Bond Jr. made further promotions.  Senior Sergeant Gustavo Zeissig and Senior Sergeant Allen Herring were both promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Senior Corporal Peter Stewart and Master Corporal James Allison were promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Lt. Zeissig joined the County Police in 1993 and has been assigned to the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Unit

Lt. Herring joined the County Police in 2004 and has been assigned to the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Unit- Drug Control Squad

Sgt. Stewart joined the County Police in 2004 and has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Safe Streets and FBI Task Force

Sgt. Allison joined the County Police in 2002 and has been assigned to the Patrol Division and Professional Development Unit.

A formal promotional ceremony will be announced in the future.

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Captain Robert McLucas promoted to Major, Lieutenant Diane Smith Promoted to Captain

This morning (July 12), Colonel Vaughn Bond, Jr. promoted Captain Robert McLucas to the rank of Major, and Lieutenant Diane Smith to the rank of Captain.

Major McLucas joined the County Police in 1990 and has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Professional Standards Unit, Special Operations, Criminal Investigation Unit and Professional Development Unit.

Captain Smith joined the County Police in 1998 and has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Unit, Professional Standards Unit, Chief’s Executive Officer, Patrol Executive Officer and is an instructor with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.

A formal promotional ceremony will be announced in the future.

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Police Arrest Theft Suspect, Seek More Victims

New Castle County Police have arrested 43-year-old Daniel Holmes for felony theft in the community of Westover Hills and believe there may be more victims.

(Wilmington, Del. – 19807) During the month of November, 2016, County Police investigated a felony theft in the unit block of Westover Rd where approximately $10,000 worth of jewelry was stolen.  Police continued the investigation and were able to obtain arrest warrants for Daniel Holmes.  Officers learned Daniel Holmes was working as a technician installing home theater equipment at the time of the theft.  Police have located evidence which leads them to believe that Daniel Holmes may have stolen from other, as of this time unreported, victims.  He has been installing home theater systems for about 15 years.

Police are urging anyone who may have had Daniel Holmes in their residence to carefully account for valuables. If anything is found to be missing or if you have information pertaining to this investigation, please contact New Castle County Police by calling 302-573-2800 and make a report.

Daniel Holmes, of the unit block of Lansdown Ct in Elkton, MD, was arrested on July 8 and charged with felony theft and selling stolen property.  He was arraigned and released on $3,000 unsecured bail.

Daniel Holmes

Daniel Holmes

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Police Issue Gold Alert for Missing Hockessin Man- James Albany Jr

New Castle County Police are currently searching for 23-year-old James Albany Jr missing from him home in the community of Gateway Farms.

(Hockessin, Del. – 19707) On Monday (July 10) during the evening hours, County Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Gibben Rd for a missing person report.  Police learned that James Albany Jr fled the residence in a vehicle after making statements which cause a concern for his welfare.

Police searched the area for James Albany Jr, but were unable to locate him.

James Albany Jr is described as a white male, 5’10” tall, 225lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  He may be driving a gray Mazda 6 with Delaware Registration 192564.

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Albany Jr to please contact New Castle County Police by dialing (302) 573-2800 or visit our website at www.NCCPD.com. Citizens with the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips.  Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit.  The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.

James Albany Jr

James Albany Jr

 

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