Cigarette Shoplifting Suspect Charged With Slew Of Crimes

Delaware State Police
Delaware State Police
Douglas Coppock


Frederica – The Delaware State Police in conjunction with the Milford Police Department has arrested a man in connection with multiple robberies, shopliftings and theft charges, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the first incident occurred on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at approximately 11:07 p.m. when Troopers responded to the Canterbury Shore Stop located at 8953 South DuPont Highway in Felton for a report of a shoplifting complaint. Investigation revealed that a white male subject entered the store and asked for two cartons of Newport cigarettes. When the store clerk placed the cartons on the counter, the subject grabbed them and ran out of the store, according to Jaffe. It was later determined that Milford Police had recently handled a similar incident in their jurisdiction. With their assistance and through video surveillance footage, the suspect was identified as 26-year-old Douglas F. Coppock of Frederica, said Jaffe.

The second shoplifting incident occurred on Thursday, November 15, 2017 at approximately 9:16 p.m. when Troopers responded to Uncle Willies, located at 12984 South DuPont Highway in Felton for a report of a shoplifting complaint, according to authorities. Investigation revealed that a white male subject requested to purchase one carton of Newport Short Cigarettes. When the store clerk placed the carton on the counter, the subject grabbed the carton of cigarettes and fled out the front entrance of the store in that incident as well, according to Jaffe. Through photographs and video surveillance footage, Douglas Coppock was again identified as the suspect, said Jaffe.

On Tuesday, November 16, 2017, Troopers responded to Coppock’s residence in the 100 block of West Front Street in an attempt to serve a warrant. Coppock was located upstairs in the residence and was taken into custody without incident. Coppock was charged with two counts of Shoplifting, two counts of Conspiracy Second, unrelated charges including; Theft, Theft By False Pretense, and Falsifying Business Records, and multiple unrelated charges out of Milford Police Department, according to Jaffe. He was transported to Troop 3 where he was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $22,0000 secured bail.

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