Two arrested, jailed in Frankford-area burglary investigation

FRANKFORD – Delaware State Police report the arrests of people in their investigation of several recent burglaries in the Frankford area.

Andrew T. Benson, 35, of Bishopville, Maryland, and Tonsha McCray, 30, of Frankford face several charges in connection with four burglaries between May 20 and May 24 at residences on Roxana Road and Jones Road areas in Frankford, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

Andrew T. Benson

In each of incident, suspects gained access to various structures that included sheds, barns and trailers and fled with property, Cpl. Austin said.

During the investigation detectives developed a green GMC pick-up with Maryland tags as a suspect vehicle. Through further investigation police positively linked Benson and McCray to the vehicle, Cpl. Austin said.

Tonsha McCray

On Friday, May 24 at approximately 2 p.m., troopers received information that a green pick-up truck matching the suspect vehicle description and occupied by two subjects matching the descriptions of Benson and McCray was in the 35000 block of Pepper Road in Frankford, Cpl. Austin.

Troopers located the vehicle and took Benson and McCray into custody without incident. They were transported to Troop 4 for further investigation.

Follow-up investigation confirmed their involvement in the burglaries. Authorities also determined that some of the stolen property was unlawfully pawned, Cpl. Austin said.

It was also determined that at the time of one of the burglaries, Benson was accompanied by McCray’s six-year-old son.

Benson was charged with four counts of Burglary 3rd Degree; three counts of Theft; Conspiracy 3rd Degree; three counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree; Theft by False Pretense; Falsifying Business Records; Selling Stolen Property; Attempt to Commit Theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

State police charged McCray with three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree; three counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree; Conspiracy 3rd Degree; two counts of Theft; Theft by False Pretense; Falsifying Business Records; Selling Stolen Property; Attempt to Commit Theft; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Benson and McCray were arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on secured bail, Cpl. Austin said.

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