Last week, the Ocean View Police Department, along with the Delaware State Police, executed a search warrant for a home on Burton Farm Road, the residence of 27-year-old Zachary E. Hammond.
“In a nutshell, we had an officer go out there looking for Zach Hammond in order to execute an arrest warrant. During a consented search of the home, the officer discovered some stolen items that were in plain view. We subsequently obtained a search warrant for the residence and executed the search warrant the following day.”
McLaughlin said that the arrest warrant for Hammond was obtained after a July 22 incident in which Hammond was spotted riding a bicycle in Ocean View in the late evening and suspected of committing burglaries.
“An officer attempted to stop him. At that time he fled from the officer, and we subsequently obtained warrants for fleeing from the officer and resisting arrest,” he said. “We believe, at that time he was in Ocean View to commit crimes, and we suspect he’s responsible for thefts from numerous vehicles and numerous burglaries that have occurred in southeastern Sussex County over the last few months.”
On Thursday, Oct. 3, Ocean View Police executed the search warrant of Hammond’s home and uncovered what McLaughlin said was a “large quantity” of stolen items, including miscellaneous tools, hunting equipment, a motorcycle and a shotgun.
“It was just a lot of miscellaneous items that appeared to be taken from automobiles and homes,” said McLaughlin. “The vast majority of those items were stolen outside the corporate limits of Ocean View, and subsequently they were turned over to the state police. The state police, in conjunction with the Ocean View police, still have a pending investigation into these crimes.”
McLaughlin said that Hammond was actually arrested in North Carolina, and his extradition back to Delaware is pending.
Cpl. Gary Fournier, public information officer for DSP, said he was unable to comment on the investigation, as it was still ongoing mid-week.
McLaughlin said that the two agencies’ combined efforts is another example of good teamwork.
“It’s another really good example of how we’ve been able to partner with detectives at Troop 4 to solve some of these crimes that have occurred in this area.”