Suspects in string of church burglaries apprehended

DOVER — Multiple burglary charges followed after two men were found in a closed church late Friday night, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Police set up a perimeter after a patrol officer noticed a broken window at the lights on inside Mt. Carmel Church at 117 N. West Street at 11:26 p.m., authorities said.

Dover residents Tywon Mack, 25, and Vincent Green, 19, were taken into custody by officers, including a K-9, authorities said. Mr. Mack was charged with resisting arrest and offensive touching in the incident.

Authorities detailed several church and residential break-ins that occurred before last week’s apprehensions, including:
• Oct, 15, forced entry into a North American Avenue residence, jewelry and other high-value items stolen.
• Nov. 8, Calvary Baptist Church at 410 Fulton Street, entry gained by removing air condition unit, desktop computer stolen.

Tywon Mack

• Nov. 19, Calvary Baptist, suspect broke glass window, tole several computers before fleeing.

• Nov. 20, iPad stolen from a residence in the 200 Block of North State Street.
After those incidents, police said Mr. Mack was identified as a person of interest and warrants obtained.

Last Thursday, a suspect broke a basement window at Mount Zion Church at 101 N. Queen Street then rummaged through various spots in the building. It was not known if anything was stolen, police said.

The Mount Zion Church was burglarized again the next day with a window broken for entry. A suspect ransacked the building, police said, and tried to pry open two safes prior to fleeing.

Also last Friday, an attempted burglary was reported at the Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church at 25 N. Queen Street. A suspect broke a window to enter the church, police said. It did not appear that anything was taken, according to authorities.

Mr. Mack was also charged with third-degree burglary (five counts), second-degree burglary (two counts), theft (six counts), criminal mischief (six counts) and second-degree conspiracy. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $27,750 secured bond.

Mr. Green was charged with third-degree burglary (four counts), second-degree burglary, theft (four counts), criminal mischief (five counts) and second-degree conspiracy. He was committed to SCI on a $19,000 bond.

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