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Posted on: September 27, 2018

Two Wilmington Men Arrested for Burglary; Third Suspect Sought

Dash Burglary

On May 26, 2018, at about 0600 hours, Newark Police responded to a burglary alarm at Dash Discount Liquors located at 1142 Elkton Road in Newark. The business was closed at the time. Arriving officers found a broken front window and numerous bottles of alcohol and cartons of cigarettes pulled from the store shelves. A review of surveillance footage revealed that three suspects arrived in a blue sedan. One suspect threw a rock through the window and entered the business through the shattered glass. He took alcohol and cigarettes from the shelves, as well as money from the cash register. He placed them in a plastic garbage bag that had been given to him by a second suspect. A third suspect remained near the vehicle outside the business. Both suspects inside the store removed alcohol, cigarettes and money from the cash register and all three suspects fled the scene in the vehicle.


Fingerprints lifted from one of the bottles left behind were found to belong to Larry Mills. Mills was arrested in August, 2018 and charged with the below offenses. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court #2 and was held in the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in default of $10,750 secured bail.


The subject who remained outside with the vehicle was identified through investigation as the vehicle’s owner, Randy Smith.


On September 27, 2018, a search warrant was executed at Smith’s residence in Wilmington and items linking Smith to the burglary were recovered. He was charged with the below offenses and appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was released on $4,000 unsecured bail.


The identity of the third suspect is unknown at this time. He is described as a light-skinned male wearing a black baseball hat with a white bandana over his face. A surveillance photo is attached.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective W. Anderson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3469.

Anonymous text message tips can be submitted by texting 302NPD and a message to TIP411. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐TIP‐3333 or via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, where a reward may be available.


Larry Mills

44 years of age

Wilmington, DE


Charges:

Burglary 3rd Degree

Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony

Conspiracy 2nd Degree

Theft Under $1500

Attempted Theft Under $1500

Criminal Mischief



Randy Smith

45 years of age

Wilmington, DE


Charges:

Burglary 3rd Degree

Conspiracy 2nd Degree

Theft Under $1500


Photos of the defendants are attached.


The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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