Dover duo charged in spree of thefts from unlocked vehicles

 

DOVER — Two 24-year-old Dover residents were arrested after investigation into 46 thefts from unlocked vehicles spanning the final three months of 2015, police said.

Eliza Agosto and Richard Henderson, who live together in the 100 block of North Kirkwood Street, were charged with 66 theft counts connected to alleged incidents between Oct. 4 and Dec. 1, Dover Police Department said.

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Dover residents Eliza Agosto, left, and Richard Henderson were charged after investigation into a series of alleged thefts from vehicles. (Submitted photos/Dover Police Department)

The thefts occurred in several neighborhoods, according to police.

“It was discovered that Agosto would drive through various neighborhoods in the Dover area as Henderson would check handles to vehicles while on foot,” Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. “Henderson would enter unsecured vehicles and remove items of value.”

Police said Ms. Agosto and Mr. Henderson were deemed suspects after investigation into their arrests by New Castle County Police in late 2015 regarding similar alleged thefts.

Charges for both included theft over $1,500 with victim older than 62, theft over $1,500 (two counts), second- and third-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500 with victim older than 62, theft under $1,500 (64 counts) and second-degree trespass (66 counts).

Ms. Agosto and Mr. Henderson were both given $44,700 secured bonds and held by the Delaware Department of Correction, Ms. Agosto at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, and Mr. Henderson at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Police said they did not know the personal relationship between Ms. Agosto and Mr. Henderson other than their shared residence.

Police said it was possible that some reports included multiple vehicles that had been broken into, hence a larger number of theft counts than reported incidents.

“Anytime we have a rash of vehicle break-ins that are solved, the numbers add up quickly,” Cpl. Hoffman said. “While it is not common, it is not unusual either.”

Patrol units worked the case by compiling theft reports, according to Cpl. Hoffman.

While Dover Police is attempting to recover stolen property, “it is believed the majority of it was sold or traded,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Authorities said the alleged thefts were made possible by the unlocked vehicles.

“All these thefts were preventable by simply locking vehicles,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Status of the New Castle County charges against the duo were not immediately available.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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