Suspect in burglaries of 3 Verizon stores captured

HARRINGTON — Three area Verizon stores were burglarized within 90 minutes early Thursday morning before a suspect was apprehended by a K-9 during an incident in progress, authorities said.

Laron D. Allen, 40, of Fort Washington, Maryland, was allegedly found inside a store on U.S. 13 at around 2:47 a.m. as Harrington Police arrived to check on the business, spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said.

Harrington learned of break-ins at 1:23 a.m. and 1:47 a.m. from Dover Police and its dispatch center. Capt. Brode said patrol officers went to the local store as a precaution.

Officers allegedly found Mr. Allen stealing items inside. He fled through a window before K-9 Marshal was unleashed and made an apprehension without further incident, police said.

Police called EMS to check on Mr. Allen for injuries, according to Capt. Brode said.
Mr. Allen was then taken to the Harrington Police Department and charged with wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, third-degree burglary (two counts), possession of burglar tools, theft over $1,500 criminal impersonation, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Delaware State Police first investigated a break-in at the Wireless Zone at 34 Salt Creek in Dover, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. A black man wearing a ski mask used a sledge hammer to break a glass door and entered, according to police.

Once inside, police said the suspect pried open a storage room door with a crow bar and then took 51 various Apple, Samsung, and Google cell phones valued at over $24,000 before fleeing from the business.

About 24 minutes later, Dover Police investigated a burglary at the Verizon store in Greentree Shopping Center, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

A sledge hammer and pry bar were used to open a storage room. Just 24 Dover Police reported a burglary in the Greentree
DSP charged Mr. Allen with wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, third-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, felony theft and criminal mischief (two counts).
Dover Police filed charges including third-degree burglary, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, theft over $1,500, criminal mischief and possession of burglars tools.

Mr. Allen was arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover via video, and then held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of secured bond.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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