Arrest follows multiple burglaries, theft

Charles N. West Jr.

MILLSBORO — A 22-year-old Millsboro man was arrested after investigation into multiple burglaries, Delaware State Police said.

During June and July, authorities said, Troop 4 Patrol Units investigated several complaints which identified Charles N. West Jr. as the suspect. Further investigative determined that Mr. West allegedly sold stolen coins from one of the burglaries to a pawn shop in Laurel, police said. After evidence linking him to the burglaries and a theft of a dirt bike and numerous stolen tools additional arrest warrants were obtained, police said.

The investigation led detectives with the assistance of patrol troopers to a residence located on Jones Church Road in Frankford. At approximately 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, police said, Mr. West was seen leaving the residence in a Ford Ranger. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and he was immediately taken into custody without incident, police said.

A subsequent search located a firearm on his person as well as another firearm in the vehicle with numerous rounds of ammunition, also located was drug paraphernalia and 11 bags of heroin. Over $7,800 in suspected drug proceeds were located in the vehicle.

Mr. West was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with second- and third-degree burglary, two counts of felony theft, non-compliance with bond, theft by false pretense, falsifying business records, selling stolen property and criminal mischief. Additional warrants are pending for twp counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mr. West was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $2,500 bail.

Police asked anyone with information regarding Mr. West to contact Detective T. Powell at Troop 4, Georgetown at 752-3807. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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