An uncle/nephew duo faces burglary charges after police say they stole scrap metal from properties throughout Sussex County.
Delaware State Police arrested Kyle Powell, 23, of Frankford on Aug. 21 in connection with stealing scrap metal and copper from area businesses, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
Fournier said Powell stole from businesses in Lincoln, Dagsboro and Frankford; he sold the goods at scrap and salvage yards in the area.
Police charged Powell with five counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of possession of burglary tools, three counts of theft of a firearm, seven counts of theft, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, third-degree conspiracy, three counts of criminal mischief and two counts of third-degree criminal trespass. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $12,500 secured bond.
As police continued to investigate the burglaries, Fournier said, they linked Kyle's uncle, Christopher S. Powell, to the thefts.
In particular, Fournier said, on Aug. 15 the two removed a double-barrel shotgun, a semiautomatic and an SKS 7.62 rifle – a Soviet-made semi-automatic weapon – from an outbuilding in the 9000 block of North Union Church Road in Lincoln. The homeowner was a 74-year-old man, he said.
Police arrested Christopher Powell, 50, of Georgetown on Sept. 20 and charged him with the same crimes as Kyle. Christopher was committed to SCI in default of $71,350 secured bond.