Troopers arrest three Slaughter Neck burglary suspects

SLAUGHTER BEACH — The Delaware State Police have arrested three suspects in connection with a residential burglary in the Slaughter Beach area.
Delaware State Police spokesman Meliessa Jaffe said the incident occurred on Saturday at approximately 8:36 p.m., when troopers responded to the 600 block of Bay Avenue in Slaughter Beach, for a reported burglary in which homeless subjects were squatting in the residence. Upon arrival, contact was made with the homeowner who stated that he responded to the summer residence because he noticed an increase on the electric bill for the property.

David L. Howard

Upon arrival to the residence, the homeowner allegedly saw one subject, identified as 19-year-old Jacob Kantowski walking in the kitchen area while another subject identified as 20-year-old Sierra Grimsled was in the living room area. A subsequent search of the residence, yielded damage to the rear door and door frame, several small holes in the wall, and damage to an antique lamp.

Further investigation revealed that a third suspect not present in the residence at the time, was 49-year-old David L. Howard of Lincoln. Cpl. Jaffe said Mr. Howard was identified as the suspect who forced entry into the residence. He later turned himself in at Troop 7 on Sunday at approximately 2 p.m.

Mr. Kantowski and Ms. Grimsled were taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 7. They were both charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree conspiracy and theft of services. They were arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $3,200 unsecured bond.

Mr. Howard was charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief, second-degree conspiracy and theft of services. He was arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $16,000 secured bond.

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