A 23-year-old man and five juveniles, all from Wilmington, have been charged in connection to a rash of thefts of and from vehicles throughout New Castle County, authorities announced Friday.
According to New Castle County Police, Shaiquane Douglas and five individuals ranging in age from 14 to 17 would go out in groups to steal from vehicles, or occasionally steal the car itself. Groups of up to a dozen individuals were seen roving through random neighborhoods and communities looking for unlocked vehicles at times, police said, typically between midnight to 5 a.m.
On July 29, 2019, a vehicle was stolen and another ransacked along Courtyard Lane in the Summit Chase Apartments. On July 30, two vehicles were stolen and another three ransacked in the Penn Acres community. On July 31, three vehicles were stolen from Edinburgh Villas. On August 3, a single vehicle was stolen from the Chaddwyck community.
All seven vehicles were later recovered in various locations in Wilmington.
Douglas was arrested August 7 and charged with five counts felony theft of a motor vehicle, six counts second-degree conspiracy, felony theft, and three counts misdemeanor theft. He was released on $8,000 unsecured bond.
The juveniles were arrested the same day as Douglas and each charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle, felony second-degree conspiracy, felony theft over $1,500, misdemeanor theft under $1,500, misdemeanor unauthorized use of a payment card, and misdemeanor third-degree conspiracy. They were all released on unsecured bond.
Police said an investigation is ongoing, but warned communities to remain vigilant as more arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is urged to contact New Castle County Police Det. Eric Christopher at 302.395.8230 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.