Two Dagsboro-area men were arrested last week in connection with multiple burglaries committed in the last month.
Jacob G. Svenson, 33, and Edward J. Nearey Jr., 37, were each charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd, two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools, five counts of Theft, Conspiracy 2nd, Selling Stolen Property and two counts of Criminal Mischief.
Since the beginning of October, the Delaware State Police have been investigating approximately 20 burglaries in the Dagsboro and Selbyville areas, involving the theft of large amounts of power tools from garages, sheds and utility trailers.
The DSP has also investigated multiple reports of thefts from yards and vehicles, all occurring in neighborhoods located off Irons Lane near Dagsboro.
Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, public information officer for the DSP, said a search warrant was conducted last week at Svenson’s and Nearey’s home on Cherry Log Lane, near Irons Lane, where the numerous thefts and burglaries had been occurring.
During the search, more than $15,000 worth of suspected stolen property was recovered, including a commercial wood splitter valued at $2,200 that was allegedly stolen from a residence on Piney Neck Road.
Other items, such as air compressors and power tools, that were allegedly stolen from various other locations in the Dagsboro and Selbyville area were also recovered and will eventually be returned to their owners, according to Fournier.
He said that police try to get as much information from the theft victims as possible, such as receipts, serials numbers and even the original packaging for stolen items, in order to ensure the stolen goods may be returned once they are recovered.
“That helps us,” he said, “especially for theses power tools. A lot of these guys might write down the serial number or have some information that they give to us detailing whatever their equipment was, and that will lead up back to the victim, so we’re able to return the property to them or contact them, letting them know the item was recovered.
“In some instances, the item is marked specifically through a company and has specific markings,” he added, stating that police are able to look through past reports to identify the owners of stolen property.
He added that stolen goods will be held by the police for a period of time in hopes of locating their owners.
“Let’s say one of these victims lives out of state, and they have not come down and noticed that their house has been burglarized,” he explained. “Then, in the summer, they come and see they’re missing a power tool… If they report it, it will immediately go to our detectives, who will be able to say if we have that item on-hand.”
Following their arrests, Svenson and Nearey were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $49,000 secured bond and $37,001 secured bond, respectively.
The investigation into the burglaries was continuing this week, and more charges could be forthcoming.