A Dagsboro man went to court last week to answer charges related to an alleged month-long crime spree starting in late October. In a joint effort by four police departments, Sherman A. Mitchell was arrested on Oct. 27 and charged with several offenses, following an alleged crime spree that police said allegedly included theft of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a credit card.
Sherman A. Mitchell had been apprehended without incident in nearby Millsboro, by the Millsboro Police and Delaware State Police. The vehicle he had allegedly stolen was found at a residence in Millsboro.
Mitchell had allegedly victimized five different individuals over the course of the month, including a couple living on Cea-Dag Circle. His other alleged victims were located along Beach Air Landing Road and Clayton Street, police said.
He was charged with six counts of theft under $1,500, five counts of criminal trespass in the third degree, two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
In one location, police said, he allegedly removed a credit card from an unsecured car, then allegedly took another vehicle from a different location when that victim left the car unlocked with the keys inside.
“This was great policework between several departments to resolve this situation,” Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd J. Toomey said this week. “It is important to remind people — especially during this time of the year — to pay extra attention to locking their vehicles and securing their personal belongings in their vehicles.”
Mitchell’s hearing on the charges was held in the Court of Common Pleas last week, but no information from the hearing was available as of Coastal Point press time this week.
The Dagsboro Police Department, Delaware State Police, Millsboro Police Department and Selbyville Police Department worked together on the investigation. At the time of his arrest, Mitchell had outstanding warrants for cases being investigated by the DSP, as well as Selbyville police, police noted.
By Jason Feather