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Police Arrest 2, Seek 1 in Kent County Thefts

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Taylor M. Parton, Devin L. Winchester, and Tyler J. Selheimer-Parton (Photo: Delaware State Police) Taylor M. Parton, Devin L. Winchester, and Tyler J. Selheimer-Parton (Photo: Delaware State Police)
DOVER, Del. - Delaware State Police say they have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third suspect in connection to the thefts of more than 15 air conditioner units in northern Kent County.

Detectives said their investigation into the thefts began in early December after multiple residents in the north Dover area began seeing a number of air conditioning units stolen from their houses through the month of November. Police say the Pinewood Acres development had seven incidents alone. Police say detectives focused their attention on this area where they were able to interview witnesses and develop suspects in the case.

Through the investigation, police said they discovered that on Dec. 12, 22-year-old Tyler J. Selheimer-Parton of Dover pawned a 27-ton Troy Built log splitter to Atlantic Pawn, which was later determined to be stolen from a home located in the Pinewood Acres development earlier that day. Troopers said that on Dec. 19, 25-year-old Devin L. Winchester, also of Dover, had sold three air conditioner coils to Terrapin Metals that matched up with three air conditioner units that were stolen and recovered from homes within Pinewood Acres overnight. 

In both of these incidents, police said the two men were driving the same Jeep Cherokee with identical Delaware registration. 

Police said a third suspect, 18-year-old Taylor M. Parton of Dover, was involved with Selheimer-Parton when they were seen outside a home in the Pinewood Acres development, removing the air conditioner unit and then fleeing the area once detected. Police said that incident happened on Dec. 5 in the middle of the day.

Police say Taylor Parton and Devin Winchester were taken into custody on Monday at Terrapin Metals as they were attempting to scrap some materials. Police say they were both charged with 15 counts of theft, 12 counts of criminal trespass, eight counts of criminal mischief, conspiracy, and selling stolen property. 

Tyler Parton was arraigned at JP7 and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in lieu of $9,700 secured bond, while Devin Winchester was ordered held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $12,850 secured bond.

Tyler J. Selheimer-Parton is currently wanted on the same charges and is still on the run.

If anyone has any information in reference as to his whereabouts, they are asked to contact Det. M. Weinstein at (302) 741-2813 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police 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 the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."
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