Stolen property recovered in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — Delaware State Police arrested a Wilmington couple on felony charges after they were allegedly found to be in possession of a large quantity of stolen merchandise.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 1:55 a.m. Wednesday when a trooper stopped a silver Mercury Sable for speeding on U.S. 113 northbound, in the area of Arrow Safety Road, Georgetown. Cpl. Austin said that upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, the trooper observed a large quantity of assorted merchandise in the back seat of the vehicle, which had ant-theft devices still attached.

The driver of the vehicle, Detwon Banner, 23, of Wilmington advised that he didn’t know where the merchandise came from.

The passenger in the vehicle, who initially gave a false name, and was eventually identified as Jaleesa Banner, 29, also of Wilmington, stated that she also didn’t know anything about the merchandise.

Cpl. Austin said a subsequent search of the vehicle produced an assortment of electronic devices and miscellaneous merchandise which had anti-theft devices still intact, that had a total value of $5,537.47.

Through further investigation troopers were able to determine that the merchandise had allegedly been stolen from a Walmart in Berlin, Maryland, and the incident was currently being investigated by the Worcester County Sherriff’s Office. As a result of this incident and the positive identification of the Banners, Maryland authorities were able to link them to two prior shoplifting incidents at the same Walmart, in which merchandise in excess of $12,000.00 had been stolen.

Both subjects were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 4 where they were arrested and each charged with one count

Jaleesa Banner

each of receiving stolen property and second-degree conspiracy, both felonies.

Mr. Banner, who was additionally charged with speeding, no valid license, no proof of insurance and no proof of registration, was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court No. 3 before being committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $4,202 cash bail.

Ms. Banner, who was additionally charged with criminal impersonation, was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court No. 3 before being committed to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact TFC M. Gambale at Troop 4 by calling 302-856-5850.
Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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