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Arrest Made in String of Dover Restaurant Burglaries

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DOVER, Del.- A man was arrested last week in connection with four Dover restaurant burglaries that occurred in the months of April and May, police said.

Dover police said Brandon Woodlin, 30, of Dover, was arrested on Thursday, June 26, when he came in for questioning about the burglaries at Caribbean Cuisine, King Buffet, Capitol Diner, and El Nopal Mexican Diner.

Investigators said the first incident occurred at Caribbean Cusine.on April 30 when a suspect, now identified as Woodlin, entered through an unsecured window and removed an undisclosed amount of cash, the security DVR player, an Apple iPod Touch, and a Sony speaker.

Police said that two days later, on May 2, surveillance footage showed Woodlin, dressed in reflective pants, sandals, and a blanket, using a piece of wood to damage a window and gain entry to King Buffet. Investigators said that once inside, the suspect ransacked the business, damaged property, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. According to police, surveillance photos showed Woodlin entering a silver Ford Expedition after exiting the business.

On May 10, authorities said officers determined a suspect, Woodlin, entered the Capitol Diner through a rear door and removed the cash register, containing an undisclosed amount of cash.

Lastly, police responded to El Nopal Mexican Restaurant early on the morning of May 23 in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival they said they determined a suspect, again identified as Woodlin, had cut the screen to a bathroom window then broken the window with a rock to gain entry. The suspect removed the cash register before fleeing out the same window, police said. They said that during the incident, the suspect lost his size 10 sandal in the bathroom.

Police said that while investigating these burglaries, a detective spotted a silver Ford Expedition matching the description of the vehicle in the King Buffet case. The detective obtained an image of the owner, Woodlin, which matched that of the suspect from the King Buffet surveillance footage. Police said that later it was revealed Woodlin worked as a flagger for a local traffic control company, requiring him to wear the reflective pants seen on the suspect in the footage.

When Woodlin went to the Dover Police Department for questioning last Thursday, police said they found he wore a size 10 shoe, the same as the sandal left at the scene of the El Nopal crime scene.

Woodlin was arrested at the police department and charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of theft under $1,500, two counts of criminal mischief, possession of burglar tools, and wearing a disguise during commission of a felony. He was ordered held on $26,000 unsecured bond.
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