Teens charged in burglaries

February 7, 2018

Two teens face charges after police say they broke into homes in Cedar Creek Estates taking jewelry and other items.

Police responded to a burglary complaint at 7:12 p.m. Feb. 6 in the 20000 block of West Mayhew Drive, Cedar Creek Estates where they found someone had forcibly entered the home and ransacked it, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. During the burglary, she said, electronics and purses were stolen. While troopers were investigating this incident, Jaffe said, they were informed of two additional burglaries that occurred within the same development in which electronics and jewelry were stolen.

Troopers were able to identify two suspects, a 14-year-old of Lewes and a 14-year-old of Lincoln. Jaffe said troopers observed the juveniles walking in the Cedar Creek Estates development carrying backpacks. The suspects were detained and their backpacks were seized without incident; both backpacks contained stolen jewelry and other associated property from the reported burglaries, Jaffe said. A grandmother of one of the boys allowed police to search the boy’s home, Jaffe said, and police found multiple electronics and other suspected stolen property.

Both juveniles were transported back to Troop 7 where they were each charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, theft, criminal mischief and second-degree conspiracy. Both were arraigned and committed to the Stevenson House Detention Center on $6,000 secured bond. The Cape Gazette is withholding names because of the age of the boys.

During the month of January 2018, Jaffe said, Troop 7 units handled multiple complaints involving thefts from unsecured vehicles in the Lincoln’s Cedar Creek Estates and Lewes’s Reserves at Lewes Landing. She said both juveniles are suspects in these cases and the Property Crimes Unit will continue to investigate these complaints and examine seized property.  Anyone with information pertaining to these cases is asked to contact Troop 4 Property Crimes Unit at 302-752-3800.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or at