Police link Dover teen to multiple burglaries in area

 

DOVER — A city teen was arrested in alleged connection with several burglary and theft-related investigations since Sept. 16, authorities announced Wednesday.

Everlasting Simpson, 18, was charged with first-degree robbery, home invasion, second-degree burglary (two counts), theft under $1,500 (three counts), unlawful use of payment card, theft by false pretense, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, Dover Police said. Mr. Simpson was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of $108,950 secured bond.

Police said detectives allegedly linked pawn shop receipts to the break-ins and several supposedly stolen items were recovered.

Mr. Simpson was arrested without incident at his home Tuesday. He was believed to be acting alone during the alleged incidents, according to authorities.

According to investigators, the first case on Sept. 16 involved a wallet containing cash and credit/debit cards stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 100 block of Holmes Street at 1:50 p.m. The cards were then used for purchases at local businesses, police claimed.

Everlasting Simpson

On Sept. 19, police said, a residence in the 100 block of Upland Avenue was burglarized by a suspect who allegedly took an undisclosed amount of money from a bedroom before fleeing. The incident took place between 6 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., and the homeowner returned to find that a rear window screen had been cut.

A 78-year-old woman arrived at her home in the 1500 block of North Little Creek Road on Sept. 20 and reportedly found an unknown black male suspect in her home at 3:20 p.m., police said. The woman confronted the suspect, police said, who removed a purse from her shoulder and knocked the homeowner to the ground.

The suspect then left in an unknown direction, police said. The woman sustained very minor injuries and was not treated, police said.

Last Friday in the 1000 block of South Little Creek Road, police said, entry was made into a then vacant home through an unsecured back window between 10:20 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. Several electronic items were stolen, police said.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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