Four teens arrested, one sought in Zales break-in

March 6, 2014

Delaware State Police have arrested four teenagers and are searching for a Lewes teen in connection with a smash-and-grab theft at Zale's Jewelry Feb. 22.

The teens broke through the front door of the Bayside Outlet store at 3:30 a.m. and used rocks to smash display cases, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

The teens took about $3,000 worth of jewelry before fleeing, he said.

At 4:15 a.m., a trooper on patrol stopped a vehicle with the five teens inside; the trooper gathered information and released the teens, Fournier said.

Police obtained surveillance photos from the crime scene and later matched the suspects with footage from the police car camera during the 4:15 a.m. traffic stop, Fournier said.

The afternoon of Feb. 22, Ricardo L. Cannon, 18, of Magnolia and Tommy L. Rushin, 17, of Lincoln turned themselves in to police. The two returned some of the jewelry taken during the burglary, Fournier said.

On March 6, Isaiah Tunnell, 17, of Milford and Michael L. Mapp, 19, of Milton turned themselves in. Police continue to search for Dequan D. Purnell, 18, of Lewes.

All four teens were charged with wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, third-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, theft and criminal mischief. Mapp was also charged with criminal impersonation.

Cannon was released on $8,000 unsecured bond; Rushin on $12,500 unsecured bond to the custody of a parent; and Tunnell on $4,250 unsecured bond. Mapp was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $16,000 cash bond.

Anyone with information on Purnell's whereabouts is asked to call police at 856-5850, Ext. 257 or 1-800-TIP-3333, go to, text 274637 using keyword DSP or download an app at



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