Two charged with thefts from cars

DOVER — Two arrests followed a spree of thefts from motor vehicles occurring throughout the Dover area, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

During May, police said, Troop 3 and Troop 9 began investigating a rash of thefts from motor vehicles throughout Dover. Multiple reports were taken of unknown suspects removing electronics, cash, debit/credit cards and other valuable items from unsecured vehicles.

Through investigation, police said Heather D. Shockley, 29, of Magnolia and Thomas M. Gilbert, 31, of Dover, were identified as persons of interest.

Ms. Shockley was taken into custody at the First State Motel in Dover without incident and Mr. Gilbert was taken into custody at the Eden Hill Medical Complex without incident.

Heather D. Shockley

Ms. Shockley was charged with: Felony theft (three counts), second-degree conspiracy (two counts), third-degree conspiracy (eight counts), theft (11 counts), theft by false pretense (two counts), unlawful use of payment card (five counts), selling stolen property (two counts) and third-degree criminal trespass (seven counts).

Ms. Shockley was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Delores J. Baylor Womens Correctional Institution on $1,020 cash only bond.

Thomas M. Gilbert

Mr. Gilbert was charged with: Felony theft (four counts), second-degree conspiracy (two counts), third-degree conspiracy (eight counts), theft (10 counts), theft by false pretense (two counts), selling stolen property (two counts) and third-degree criminal trespass (seven counts).

Mr. Gilbert was arraigned before JP Court and released own his own recognizance.

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