REHOBOTHBEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police say detectives have arrested two men in connection with numerous thefts from vehicles in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach areas.
Police said the arrests stemmed from an incident that occurred on Sunday, Oct. 14, when a trooper on patrol in the Rehoboth Beach area stopped 21-year-old Jeffery R. Dempsey, also of Rehoboth Beach, on a scooter for a traffic violation. During the stop, police said Dempsey gave a false name in order to avoid being arrested for outstanding capias. Troopers said that once Dempsey's real identity was verified, he was placed under arrest for criminal impersonation as well as drug and drug paraphernalia charges after illegal drugs were found in his possession.
Police said a further investigation revealed the scooter Dempsey was operated was reported stolen on Oct. 9 from the area of F Benson Street in Rehoboth. Investigators said that between June and October, this area near Silver Lake had seen numerous thefts from vehicles in the last four months in which the suspects would enter unlocked cars and removed GPS systems, jewelry, credit cards, and cash.
Detectives from Troop 4 in Georgetown began looking into the numerous thefts from vehicles and through their investigation developed Dempsey and 21-year-old Jordan A. Gustafson of Rehoboth Beach as the primary suspects.
Dempsey, who was already in jail since Oct. 14 due to the capias, was arrested on Oct. 24, and charged with 174 charges ranging from felony theft, conspiracy and criminal trespass. He remains in the Sussex Correctional Institution on $67,166 secured bond. Gustafson was picked up by troopers on Oct. 25, and charged with 80 charges ranging from felony theft, conspiracy and criminal trespass. He was arraigned at JP3 and is currently committed to SCI on $16,627.00 secured bond