Four arrested in Hartly burglary, firearms theft

David D. Smith

HARTLY — Delaware State Police said four arrests followed a theft of firearms investigation that led to the discovery of a burglary in progress.

Spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said investigation began Jan. 27 when troopers were dispatched to a residence in the 5100 block of Halltown Road for a theft complaint. Police found that an unknown suspect had forced entry into a gun safe and removed several weapons.

Through investigation, Jason Johnson, 35, of Clayton, was identified as a person of interest and warrants were obtained for his arrest, authorities said.

TIna L. Creed

On Tuesday at approximately noon, Mr. Johnson was seen driving on Rose Dale Road in Dover in a 1953 Chevrolet pick-up truck. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Police said investigation determined that the truck Mr. Johnson was driving belonged to a person who lived in the 3000 block of Halltown Road. Troopers were aware that the residence had sustained damage from a recent fire and had been burglarized earlier this year, police said.

TIffany Creed

Troopers responded to this residence on Halltown Road and upon arrival observed two females loading numerous items into the trunk of a vehicle that was parked on the property, police said. It was quickly determined that a burglary was in progress.

Troopers immediately took Tina Creed, 32, of Magnolia, and Tiffany Creed, 30, of Camden-Wyoming, into custody. Police said David D. Smith, 29, of Camden-Wyoming was located hiding on the floor board of the suspect’s vehicle and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

During this time frame, Tina Creed’s three children aging from 10 months to three years old were all present.

During the course of this investigation, approximately $42,000 worth of stolen property along with four firearms where recovered.

David D. Smith

Mr. Johnson was charged with seven counts each of possession of a firearm by person prohibited and theft of a firearm, along with second-degree conspiracy, criminal mischief, third-degree burglary and motor vehicle theft. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $110,000 secured bond.

Tina Creed was charged with second-degree burglary, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, possession of burglar tools, second-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500 and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was arraigned before JP Court and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $22,000 secured bond.

Tiffany Creed was charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, second-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500 and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was arraigned before JP Court and committed to Baylor on $17,000 secured bond.

Mr. Smith was charged with second-degree burglary (two counts), possession of burglar tools, second-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500, theft $1,500 or greater and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned before JP Court and released on his own recognizance.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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