More arrests in Milford vehicle thefts case

MILFORD — Arrests rose to 10 as the investigation into eight vehicle thefts from the i.g. Burton dealership continued.

Milford police announced charges against three juveniles late Thursday night, while Dover police released information on seven other suspects this week. The vehicle thefts were reported at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Milford police spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said more information would be issued when warranted.

The apprehensions involved gang participation charges, along with traffic, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and conspiracy counts.

Two 15-year-old males were committed to Stevenson House Detention Center in Milford in default of $33,000 and $3,850 secured bail pending future Family Court appearances, Det. Maloney said. Bond information for 16-year-old male was unavailable, according to authorities.

Dover Police said Friday that four more arrests had been made, following three previous apprehensions. Five Dover residents were arrested, along with one each from Magnolia and Felton.

Samuel Horton, 19, David Preston, 15, Khalil Smith 15, and Hassan Perry, 16, were all charged with receiving stolen property, second-degree conspiracy and resisting arrest, police said.

Samuel Horton

Mr. Horton was also charged with disregard police signal and several traffic violations.
He was released on a $10,500 unsecured bond.
The Smith and Perry youths were charged with illegal gang participation and held at Stevenson on $1,900 and $1,100 secured bonds, respectively.

The eight stolen vehicles were located throughout the Dover area returned to the dealership at 411 N. Rehoboth Boulevard, authorities said.
Several were damaged when driven from a parking lot (one crashed into a parked school bus) following forced entry into the business for keys.

David Preston

Five police model 2019 Dodge Chargers (not affiliated with any law enforcement agency or equipped with emergency equipment) were taken, along with two Dodge Durangos and a Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab.

Fingerprint and video surveillance review assisted in the case, authorities said.

Following department policy regarding juveniles, Milford police released limited information on the individual

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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