Police: Man used stolen credit card to pump gas into stolen van

January 18, 2013

A Georgetown man charged with stealing a van Jan. 10 also stole items from cars parked in two Milton neighborhoods, police say.

A Milton man, 34, called police Jan. 10 from Harberson Deli and told them someone had stolen his work van and was filling it up with gas at the deli, said Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Police arrested Robert C. Rust and discovered he was using a stolen credit card to purchase the fuel, Fournier said.

Police had been searching for Rust after receiving a call earlier in the evening about someone snooping around cars in the Trails of Beaver Creek development, Fournier said. Police found Rust's car parked in the 27000 block of Buckskin Trail; his wallet was inside the vehicle with .025 grams of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia and the vehicle registration.

Rust was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft under $1,500, unlawful use of a credit card, driving while suspended or revoked, driving under the influence of drugs, third-degree criminal trespass, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $5,000 secured bond.

Through further investigation, Milton police charged Rust in connection with stealing credit cards from four vehicles in the Wagamon's West Shores development on Jan. 7 and 8.

Rust, who remains in SCI, additionally was charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft under $1,500 and two counts of attempted theft under $1,500.

Anyone with more information on this incident is asked to call 644-5020, Ext. 231, Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, go to or send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.


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