Four arrests after thefts from vehicles

REHOBOTH BEACH — Four arrests followed multiple crimes in the Angola and Rehoboth Beach areas, including thefts from vehicles, Delaware State Police said.

Authorities said Brian H. Davis, 28, of Rehoboth Beach, Brittani N. Pate, 24, of Dover, Richard T. Descano, 27, of Hockessin, and Zachary Huss, 24, of Lewes, were allegedly connected to an investigation initiated two months ago due to several vehicle break in complaints. Through investigation, police said, the Property Unit Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants.

Mr. Davis and his girlfriend, Ms. Pate, also had felony theft warrants out of the Millsboro Police Department where the victim is over 62 years old, State Police said.

Last Thursday, Mr. Davis and Ms. Pate were sighted at the Rehoboth Beach Mall and fled from responding units, police said. The next day at approximately 8:52 a.m., troopers from Troop 7 sighted the duo walking on Del. 1 north of Del. 24 in the Rehoboth area. Ms. Pate was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit, police said. Mr. Davis fled into the nearby Maplewood development.

Multiple troopers from Troop 4 Criminal Investigative Unit, Troop 7 Administration and Patrol Troopers, Troop 7 Proactive Criminal Enforcement Unit with the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit established a perimeter and conducted a search of the area, authorities said. A concerned and helpful citizen called 911 to report the suspect fleeing on a bicycle through the development. Troopers observed Mr. Davis traveling on Postal Lane on a bicycle. He was taken into custody without further incident after he had been hiding in the crawlspace of a residence in the Maplewood Development, police said.

Brian H. Davis

Mr. Davis had also allegedly stolen the bicycle from that residence, police said. That homeowner was contacted and the bicycle was returned. Mr. Davis was charged for the additional theft.

Mr. Descano and Mr. Huss who allegedly conspired with Mr. Davis to enter multiple vehicles and commit the thefts, police said, were arrested last Thursday without incident.

Richard T. Descano

Mr. Davis was transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown and charged with 74 counts, police said. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default $54,000 secured bond.

Charges against Mr. Davis included criminal trespass, attempted theft, felony theft, theft under $1,500 and victim is 62 years of age or older, conspiracy, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, shoplifting and unlawful use of a payment card.

Brittani N. Pate

Ms. Pate, was transported to Troop 4 and subsequently committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $5,000 secured bond, stemming from her Millsboro Police Department charges of theft under $1,500 and victim is 62 years of age or older, conspiracy and resisting arrest.

Mr. Descano was transported to Troop 4 and charged with 70 counts covering criminal trespass, attempted theft, felony theft, conspiracy and criminal mischief. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $52,000 unsecured bond.

Mr. Huss was transported to Troop 4 and was charged with 70 counts consisting of criminal trespass, attempted theft, theft, conspiracy and criminal mischief. He was arraigned before JP Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $52,000 secured bond.

Zachary A. Huss

Police said investigation is ongoing and asked anyone with additional information to contact Sgt. L. Weller of the Troop 4 Property Crimes Unit at 752-3802. 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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