Two men face charges for a series of car break-ins in the Milton area, one of which resulted in two guns stolen from an off-duty police officer's car.
Residents of Sunland Ranch, Reynolds Road and West Green Wing Drive had reported break-ins to their automobiles Feb. 11, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
The following day, Feb. 12, Fournier said, police arrested Dakota A. Baker, 21, of Milton in connection with a shoplifting incident at the Wawa on Wolfe Neck Road in Rehoboth. While patting down Baker, police found two rounds of ammunition and drug paraphernalia. The ammunition was the same type used in the two guns stolen from the car of an off-duty Delaware State Police officer, Fournier said.
Police linked Jeffrey R. Dempsey, 22, of Millsboro to the burglaries and searched for him at a North Spinnaker Lane home. He was not there, but police found a backpack with one of the stolen guns.
Dempsey was arrested later that day at McDonald's in Rehoboth. Fournier said police found the second gun in a wooded area behind Colonial East development in Rehoboth.
Fournier said the two took purses, wallets and change from several unlocked vehicles, however, he did not know whether the police officer's vehicle was unlocked.
Police charged both Baker and Dempsey with six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, four counts of possession by a person prohibited, three counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft of a firearm, three counts second-degree conspiracy, two counts theft, attempted theft and two counts of third-degree criminal trespass.
Baker was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $424,100 secured bond; Dempsey was committed in default of $332,002 secured bond.
Anyone with additional information on the break-ins is asked to call Det. D. Cathell at 856-5850, Ext. 214, 1-800-TIP-3333, go to www.tipsubmit.com, text 274637 using keyword DSP or download an app at www.delaware.gov/apps.