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Del. Pair Charged in Irrigation Wire Theft Investigation

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David A. Blawn David A. Blawn
Bonnie L. Henderson Bonnie L. Henderson

DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested two people after they were reported to be stealing wire from an irrigation system outside Dover.

David A. Blawn, 42, of Felton, is charged with 10 counts of felony theft, four counts of criminal mischief, five counts of criminal trespass, possession of burglar tools and second-degree conspiracy.

Bonnie L. Henderson, 45, of Dover, is charged with possession of burglar tools, second-degree conspiracy, attempted theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. 
 
Police said the arrests stemmed from an incident that occurred Thursday at around 2:40 a.m., as troopers responded to the area of Bayside Drive (SR 9) and Marshtown Road east of Dover after receiving a call from an employee of Shady Brook Farms that someone was attempting to steal wire from the irrigation system. 

Troopers were given a description of the suspect vehicle and informed it had departed east on Marshtown Road. Police said that when the troopers found the vehicle parked on the dead-end road, Henderson was located in the driver's seat and taken into custody without incident. Troopers said her boyfriend, Blawn, emerged from the wildlife area shortly thereafter and was also taken into custody without incident.  A search of the vehicle revealed bolt cutters used to sever the copper wire from the irrigation system, according to police. 

Police said the ensuing ivestigationdetermined that Blawn was linked to at least four other incidents ranging from November 2012 to the present in the Dover and Magnolia areas in which he would enter farm fields and remove the copper wire off the irrigation systems by cutting them with bolt cutters.
 
Blawn and Henderson were transported back to Troop 3 where they were charged with the aforementioned offenses.  Blawn was later ordered held on $36,250.00 secured bond while Henderson was released on $9,050 unsecured bond.

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