Elsmere – On Thursday July 20,2017 at 3:00 am, Elsmere Police Officers PFC Giles and PFC Wingate were conducting foot patrol along Maple Avenue, near Tamarack Avenue, when they observed two suspects breaking in to parked vehicles, according to police.
Officials said that the officers hid behind parked vehicles and continued to watch the suspects from a distance. When the suspects reached Maple Avenue, the officers quickly emerged and took them in to custody before they had a chance to flee.
Officers say they located stolen property on both suspects and both were charged with Night Prowling, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Trespassing 3rd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, and Theft. Both suspects were released on $2000.00 unsecured bail and ordered to have No Contact with the entire Town of Elsmere.
The suspects were identified as 20-year-old Michael Sanders of the 2600 of Bowers Street, Wilmington and 18-year-old Nijir Lee of the 1900 block of Prospect Road, Wilmington.
While Officers did check the area for any apparent break-ins, the total number of vehicles burglarized by the suspects on the above night is not known. Any persons who finds that their vehicle was targeted on that date and can identify any property missing should report the incident to the Elsmere Police. This can be done by calling the New Castle County Non-Emergency Line at 302-573-2800, or email PFC Giles at [email protected] . In the email please include your name, address, vehicle description, where the vehicle was parked on that date, and a description of missing property. An Officer will then contact you back.