Troopers: Residents Catch Burglar In The Act, Hold For Police

Delaware State Police
Delaware State Police


Hartly- The Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a residential burglary, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at approximately 6:05 a.m. Troopers were dispatched to a residence located in the 1200 block of Crystal Road for a burglary in progress complaint.

Upon arrival, contact was made with the residents, a 33-year-old male and his 29-year-old girlfriend. The 33-year-old victim was able to detain the subject who had just broken into his residence while waiting the arrival of the State Police, according to Jaffe. The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Jeffrey B. Smith Jr. of Wilmington was immediately taken into custody without further incident. Further investigation revealed that Smith had forced entry into the residence through a rear sliding glass door, said Jaffe. Once inside, he was discovered by the 29-year-old female walking around in the living room, at which point police were immediately contacted.

Both the residences indicated that they did not know Smith and had no connections to him. Neither of the residences or Smith were injured as a result of this incident.

Smith was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with Burglary 2nd degree and Criminal Mischief. Smith also had six active capias on unrelated charges. Smith was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $7,750.00 secured bond.


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