Camden man arrested in Wal-Mart identity theft case

DOVER — The Delaware State Police have arrested a wanted 32-year-old Camden man on Wednesday after he attempted to flee from troopers in a short foot pursuit.

Authorities said the original alleged incidents occurred during the nighttime hours between Sept. 22 and last Friday when two separate vehicles were broken into located in the 1300 block of South State Street and the 1700 block of Windswept Court.

Police said the suspects, later identified as Pablo Jackson, homeless, and Joshua L. Bryant, 25, of Cheswold, removed items such as cash and purses from the vehicles. The two then allegedly began making credit card purchases from the Cheswold Wal-Mart as well as the Camden Wal-Mart totaling more than $3,400, police said. Detectives were able to identify the two suspects through store surveillance and theft and identity theft warrants were obtained for their arrest, police said.

Pablo Jackson

Pablo Jackson

On Wednesday, a trooper and probation officer assigned to the State Police Kent County Governor’s Task Force were actively patrolling the area of S. DuPont Highway (U.S. 13) and Lochmeath Way when they observed Mr. Jackson walking northbound on the southbound shoulder of the highway, police said.

As the task force members made a U-turn in an attempt to make contact with Mr. Jackson, police said, he was allegedly seen looking into vehicles near the South Side Baptist Church at 4904 S. DuPont Highway. When the trooper and probation officer began to exit the patrol vehicle in the driveway, in which Mr. Jackson was walking out, he turned and began running away from the two and discarded the backpack he was carrying, police said.

The trooper gave numerous commands for Mr. Jackson to stop, but he continued to flee until the trooper caught him and took him into custody without further incident, police said. A search of Mr. Jackson’s backpack revealed 24 bags of heroin (0.36 grams) along with drug paraphernalia, according to authorities.

Mr. Jackson was charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with 18 counts of identity theft, five counts of attempted identity theft, 18 counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, five counts of attempted unauthorized use of a credit card, two counts of theft under $1,500, 10 counts of theft by false pretense under $1,500, second-degree conspiracy, and two counts of third-degree criminal trespass.

Joshua L. Bryant

Joshua L. Bryant

Mr. Jackson was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a total of $93,600 cash bond.

Mr. Bryant has yet to be located and is wanted for numerous counts of ID fheft and other associated charges, as well as multiple court capiases, police said.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Det. A. Goode at 698-8517. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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