illsboro/Dagsboro – Delaware State Police detectives, have arrested two Dagsboro men, responsible for multiple burglaries of local businesses and churches, which occurred over a one month time frame, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.
Austin said on Friday, December 8, 2017, Troopers responded to Pine Ridge Barns, located at 27171 Dagsboro Road, Millsboro, regarding a burglary that occurred overnight. The investigation revealed that unknown suspects, made forcible entry into two storage sheds, making off with a golf cart, a Kubota UTV, and an air compressor, along with other tools and miscellaneous items.
Throughout the day on Friday, employees of the business were checking the local vicinity for the stolen property, and were able to locate the stolen golf cart, in the area of the train tracks, just north of Thorogoods Road, Dagsboro. Austin said a male subject, later identified as Eric Stewardson, 19, of Dagsboro, who was observed with the golf cart, fled on foot when confronted by the employees. Stewardson was followed into the development of Holiday Acres, where he was taken into custody without incident, by a Dagsboro Police Officer.
Austin said based on multiple investigative leads and measures, detectives were able to link Stewardson, along with a second subject, identified as John J. Calloway, 18, also of Dagsboro, to the below listed burglaries, in addition to the Pine Ridge Barns incident.
High Tide Church, 28142 N. Nine Foot Road, Dagsboro.
Spirit of Excellence Ministry, 31195 Dupont Boulevard, Dagsboro.
The Family Butcher Shop, 27617, Dagsboro Road, Millsboro.
Stewardson and Calloway were each charged with a total of 24, felony and misdemeanor crimes, which included: 5 counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, 3 counts of Theft Under $1500.00, 4 counts of Possession of Burglar Tools, 5 counts of Criminal Mischief Under $1000, 5 counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree and 2 counts of Theft Greater than $1500.00.
Both subjects were arraigned in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas and subsequently committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution, in lieu of $20,400 secured bond.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Detective T. Powell at Troop 4 by calling 302-752-3807. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com