Delaware State Police have arrested three men in connection with a burglary spree targeting commercial businesses.
From Jan. 1 through Feb. 6, troopers investigated burglaries and related thefts at Rt. 30 Auto & Truck and Clayton Homes in Laurel, Driveline Auto Sales and Sussex Scrap & Metal in Delmar, and Kroegers Salvage in Seaford, and a related residential burglary in Delmar.
In each incident, suspects forcibly entered the businesses and took auto parts, metal, motor vehicles, heavy machinery and other property. Two firearms were among property stolen in the residential burglary.
Detectives identified Dustin J. Mussog, 25, of Selbyville; Robert L. Barger Jr., 30, of Delmar; and Dylan M. Lecates, 21, of Delmar as persons of interest in the incidents. A search warrant was obtained Feb. 8 for a home in the 11000 block of Chalfant Drive, Laurel, where police determined the three subjects were living. As a result of the search warrant, detectives recovered a large amount of stolen property confirmed to be associated with the burglaries.
Mussog and Barger were on the property during the search warrant. They were taken into custody and charged at Troop 4. Lecates, who was not present, surrendered to detectives Feb. 12.
Mussog was charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree attempted burglary, burglary tool possession, motor vehicle theft, three counts of theft greater than $1,500, theft less than $1,500, attempted theft less than $1500, five counts of second-degree conspiracy and four counts of criminal mischief. He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $38,500 secured bail.
Barger was arrested on four counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, motor vehicle theft, three counts of theft greater than $1,500, theft less than $1,500, five counts of second-degree conspiracy, four counts of criminal mischief and selling stolen property greater than $1,500. He was arraigned and committed to SCI on $40,500 secured bail.
Lecates was charged with second-degree burglary, six counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree attempted burglary, two counts of burglary tool possession, two counts of firearm theft, six counts of theft greater than $1,500, motor vehicle theft, two counts of theft less than $1,500, attempted theft less than $1,500, six counts of criminal mischief and eight counts of second-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned and committed to SCI on $80,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Detective L. Coleman of the Troop 4 Criminal Investigative Unit at 302-752-3813.
Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com