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Tips from Public Lead to Arrests of Del. Burglary Suspects

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Shown from left are: Christopher J. Carter and Christopher L. Willey Shown from left are: Christopher J. Carter and Christopher L. Willey
LINCOLN, Del.- Delaware State Police say numerous tips from the public helped lead to the arrests of two suspects wanted for breaking into Wilson's Auction near Lincoln and stealing thousands of dollars.

Troopers said the incident took place at around 11:30 p.m. Monday when two males broke into one of the main buildings located at 10120 DuPont Highway and removed approximately $4,000 in cash from a safe along with some jewelry.

Troopers said Friday that within hours of releasing surveillance photos of the two men to local news outlets and posting to social media, their identities were quickly revealed to detectives who began looking into the incident. Tipsters identified the duo as Christopher J. Carter, 22, of Milford, and Christopher L. Willey, 22, of Lincoln.

Police said that on Wednesday afternoon a phone call from an anonymous person into the 9-1-1 center advised of a suspicious person standing outside of the Harrington Raceway and Casino south of Harrington. The caller also advised that the male looked like one of the suspects involved in the burglary to Wilson's Auction. Police said when a trooper arrived at the casino, the man began to run away and discarded items from his pockets while the trooper gave chase. He was finally captured by other responding troopers after the short foot pursuit and taken into custody without further incident. Police said he was identified as Carter and upon conducting a search of his pockets, he was found to be in possession of 8 small bags of heroin.

Carter was transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, theft over $1,500, second-degree conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance (Heroin), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. He was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution on $19,00 secured bond.

Police said that shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, detectives were able to locate a vehicle that Willey was last seen driving through tips received by the public and took him into custody without incident at the Red Mill Inn on Coastal Highway north of Lewes. He was transported back to Troop 4  and will be arraigned on charges of third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, theft over $1,500, and second-degree conspiracy. Police said further investigation into the burglary revealed a fully loaded .357 revolver was removed from the safe and has not been recovered.

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