Wilmington Man Charged In Elkton Burglary Awaiting Extradition

Maryland burglary suspect arrested just over the state line in Glasgow.

Officials said that on May 17, 2022 at approximately 4:00 AM, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Wright’s Deli located in the 1800 block of East Old Philadelphia Road in Elkton for a commercial burglary complaint. Upon arrival, the deputies observed that a suspect forced entry into the business by removing a window air conditioning unit.

The suspect stole a large number of various cigarettes from inside the store, according to police. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Investigators were able the view surveillance video footage from the business and get a description of the suspect.  That suspect was wearing very distinctive clothing including a neon blanket, gray thermal underwear with shorts, a dark coat, and a black baseball cap. He was carrying a red wheeled luggage bag and a black gym bag. The baseball cap was located inside the store and collected as evidence.

At approximately 10:15 AM, the investigation led investigators to Peoples’ Plaza in Glasgow, Delaware where they were assisted by Delaware State Police. The investigators observed an individual at the bus stop wearing the exact clothing that the suspect in the surveillance video was wearing. The individual also had a red wheeled luggage bag and a black gym bag in his possession. Delaware State Police identified the individual as Joseph Mika Johnson, 55, of Wilmington. A warrant check revealed that Johnson was wanted in Delaware and he was placed under arrest by Delaware State Police. A search of the black gym bag revealed 97 packs of cigarettes consistent with the ones reported stolen from Wright’s Deli.

The Delaware State Police took custody of Johnson. The Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Johnson pending his extradition to Maryland.

Charges Pending Extradition: Burglary 2nd Degree
Burglary 4th Degree
Malicious Destruction of Property under $1000
Theft $100 to under $1500

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