Suspect arrested in church burglaries

January 17, 2020

Adam M. Calloway, 31, has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries in Sussex County as well as two residential burglaries in the Seaford area.

Delaware State Police spokesperson Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said in all the church burglaries, an exterior window was broken to obtain entry. Police identified Calloway as a suspect, and on Jan. 15, police responded to the Sunrise Motel on Sussex Highway, Seaford, where they located Calloway in a motel room. In the room, troopers observed crack cocaine and a .22-caliber bullet. Jaffe said Calloway was taken into custody, but as he was being taken to a patrol vehicle, he resisted arrest and fled on foot. He was taken into custody again a short time later.

After detectives obtained a search warrant, they located numerous items in the motel room they believed to have been stolen and seized them, Jaffe said. Recovered items were later linked to separate residential burglaries Jan. 4 and  Jan. 14 in the Seaford area.

Calloway is charged with break-ins at two homes and at:

• Carey’s United Methodist Church, 22053 Careys Camp Road, Millsboro, Jan. 11 during the overnight hours

• St. John AME Church, 31034 East Trap Pond Road, Laurel, between Jan. 8 and Jan. 11

• Trinity Church, 17237 Phillips Hill Road, Millsboro, about Jan. 6

• Iglesia Evangelica Betania, 22143 Coverdale Road, Seaford, Jan. 6 to Jan.12

• Mount Olivet Church, 28096 Shortly Road, Georgetown, Jan. 11-12

Jaffe said Calloway faces charges including burglary, second degree, two counts; attempted burglary third degree, two counts; burglary third degree, three counts; felony theft, two counts; possession of a firearm by a person prohibited; possession of a controlled substance; and numerous other charges. He also had 13 active arrest warrants out of various agencies in Delaware.

Calloway was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $29,507 secured and $11,200 cash-only bond.

The investigation remains active and ongoing with further charges pending.




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