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Pair Arrested for Car Break-ins Near Milton

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Dakota A. Baker Dakota A. Baker
Jeffery R. Dempsey Jeffery R. Dempsey

MILTON, Del.- Delaware State Police on Thursday announced the arrests of two men in connection with thefts from cars in the Milton area.

Dakota A. Baker, 21, of Milton, and Jeffery R. Dempsey, 22, of Millsboro, are each charged with six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, four counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, three counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft of a firearm, three counts of second-degree conspiracy, two counts of theft, attempted theft and two counts of third-degree criminal trespass.

The arrests of the two men stemmed from an investigation that got under way on Tuesday, Feb. 11, when detectives began receiving reports of car break-ins north of Milton. Police said that in one case, two firearms were removed from an off-duty police officer's vehicles.  Another incident was reported when the victim had her purse removed from her car and was later located in a nearby ditch.
 
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, troopers arrested Baker for shoplifting at the Wawa store located on Wolfe Neck Road in Rehoboth Beach. Police said that while conducting a pat-down search, the investigating trooper located two rounds of ammunition and some drug paraphernalia in a pocket.  Further investigation revealed the rounds were the same type of ammunition used in the stolen gun from the previous day, police said. Detectives said they were able to link Baker and his accomplice, Dempsey, to the theft of the firearms as well as two other car break-ins in the same area.
 
Baker was initially arrested Feb. 12 on two counts of possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, shoplifting, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered held on a cash-only bond.  He was charged with the aforementioned list of crimes on Feb. 17, and continues to be held in the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $424,100 secured bond.
 
On Feb. 13, detectives responded to an address on North Spinnaker Lane in Milton where they said Dempsey was known to stay with friends.  He was not located at that time, but police said a backpack in the room where Dempsey was occupying contained one of the two firearms taken from the one of officer's vehicles.  Dempsey was later located that day at the McDonald's in Rehoboth where he was taken into custody without incident.  Information was provided through interviews with the two suspects and the second weapon was located in a wooded area behind Colonial East development in Rehoboth Beach, police said.
 
Dempsey was initially held on cash bond for violation of probation.  He was formally charged on Feb. 17 with the aforementioned offenses and was issued a $332,002 secured bond. He is still being held at SCI.
 
Police said detectives learned that the suspects entered numerous other vehicles in the Milton area. According to police, the suspects entered vehicles looking for change or other personal items such as purses or wallets. Police said that in some cases, nothing was removed and no damage was done to the vehicles because they were left unsecured. In most of these cases the vehicles were parked in the victims' driveways.
 
Anyone with information about these or any other incidents involving the thefts from cars is asked to contact Detective D. Cathell at (302) 856-5850, ext. 214, or by utilizing the DSP Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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