Police arrest woman for Millsboro crimes

Delaware State Police this week reported the arrest of a Laurel woman in connection with two home-invasion robberies in Millsboro in the final days of 2009.

State police said that they, through their investigation of the Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 incidents, developed Tara L. Garrison – 29, of Laurel – as a suspect in both December incidents. They said were also following up on additional leads and expected additional arrest related to the home invasion and attempted burglary.

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, police investigated a home invasion on Honeysuckle Knoll in Millsboro, about 8:30 p.m. During home invasion, police said, five suspects forced their way into the residence and confronted two victims, ages 59 and 51.

During the home invasion, one of the suspects struck the 59-year-old man’s head with a handgun, police said, noting that the male victim was treated for a head laceration at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes and released. The 51-year-old female victim was not harmed in the incident, they reported.

In the Dec. 29 incident, the suspects displayed guns, demanded money, ransacked the residence and fled, police said. It is not believed they obtained any property, they noted.

Then, on Dec. 31, Delaware State Police investigated an attempted burglary on Sylvester Lane about 9 p.m., in which the 51-year-old female victim from the Dec. 29 incident was also a victim.

During the Dec. 31 incident, police said, the victim was inside her residence when she heard a loud noise at the front of her residence. The banging sound continued for a short time, they said, but the suspects never gained entry and fled the area after causing damage to the door to the residence. Police noted that the victim observed multiple suspects fleeing from her residence after the Dec. 31 incident.

After police connected her to the two incidents, Garrison was arrested on charges of Attempted Robbery 1st degree, Assault 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, two counts of Conspiracy 2nd degree, two counts of Criminal Mischief under $1,000 and Attempted Burglary 2nd degree. She was remanded to Baylor Women’s Institute in lieu of $78,000 secured bond.