POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED IN SPARROW RUN

Newark, Del.-19702 On Sunday (12/4) at approximately 2:50 p.m., New Castle County Police were called to the unit block of Teal Circle in the community of Sparrow Run for the report of a burglary in progress.

Multiple calls to 9-1-1 were made from residents advising there was a large crowd of people fighting in the area. 

Upon entering the neighborhood, officers reported hearing multiple gunshots. There were no reports of any injuries.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Police are asking anyone with information or anyone who was a witness to this incident to please contact the Division of Police by dialing 302-573-2800.  Citizens can also contact Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police.

GOLD ALERT ISSUED FOR MISSING NEWARK MAN – WILLEM AVENARIUS (52)

(Newark, DE 19713) The New Castle County Division of Police has issued a Gold Alert for Willem Avenarius (52) of Newark. On Thursday, December 1, 2022, Willem made comments that caused concern for his welfare prior to fleeing from his residence. Officers were dispatched to the scene however, all efforts to locate and contact Willem have been unsuccessful.

Avenarius is described as a white male, approximately 5’11” tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds, with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt, dark cargo pants, and sneakers.

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Willem Avenarius to, please contact the New Castle County Division of Police by dialing (302) 573-2800 or by visiting our website at http://www.NCCPD.com, or (IM) on the New Castle County Police Facebook page.

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Avenarius, Willem (52)

POLICE SEE INCREASE IN PACKAGE THEFTS DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

(Wilmington, DE 19808) Over the past, several days officers from the New Castle County Division of Police have been dispatched to multiple thefts of packages throughout the county.

On today’s date officers responded to the Limestone Hills community in reference to a package theft. It was reported that an unknown subject wearing a black jacket and black ski mask removed multiple packages from the victim’s driveway during the daytime hours. A surveillance camera captured the subject committing the theft. If you recognize the subject in the attached surveillance video, please call the New Castle County Police non-emergency line at (302)573-2800.

The holidays are around the corner, meaning more packages are being delivered to your home. Porch pirates are aware of this and are on the prowl. Follow the tips below to prevent theft. And remember the worst way to spread holiday cheer is by stealing packages far and near.

TIPS:

– Utilize alternate shipping methods like Amazon lockers or in-store pickup options.

– Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your packages.

– Keep track of packages by monitoring tracking numbers.

– Have your package delivered to your work.

– Require a signature.

– Request that the package be left out of plain view.

– Install a home security camera.

– Consider a package lockbox.

– Report any suspicious behavior.

– If you are a delivery driver, be mindful of vehicles following you on your route.

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