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Police: Two Arrested in Del. in String of Appliance Thefts

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Kevin L. Trotter and Nathaniel A. Gibbs (Photo: Delaware State Police) Kevin L. Trotter and Nathaniel A. Gibbs (Photo: Delaware State Police)
CAMDEN, Del. - Delaware State Police say a lengthy investigation into the theft of appliances from newly constructed or renovated homes in Delaware has led to the arrest of two people.

Police say the investigation began on December 5 around 3 a.m. when a trooper on patrol in the area of Willow Grove Road and Chanticleer Circle observed a white van slowly driving around the development of the Ponds of Willow Grove where new homes were under construction. The trooper said he was aware of some recent thefts from newly constructed or renovated homes and continued to observe the van slowly drive out of the development and come to a stop on State Route 10 just east of the entrance where it sat for several minutes.  

Police say the trooper then initiated a traffic stop but the two men inside took off on foot toward a wooded area and retention pond.  The suspects, who were later identified as Kevin L. Trotter, 27 of Dover, and Nathaniel A. Gibbs, 48 of Lincoln, were apprehended a short time later with the assistance of a state police K9 and transported back to Troop 3 near Camden.

Police say as detectives were conducting interviews with the suspect about their suspicious activity, a burglary complaint was called into the Kent County Emergency Operations Center around 8:30 a.m. that morning giving a location in the 900 block of Chanticleer Circle in the Ponds of Willow Grove.  Police say a construction company in the process of building the home was calling to report someone had broken into the house through the night and moved appliances from the kitchen into the garage in an attempt to steal the items.  It was determined through the interviews with the suspects that they had conspired with each other to steal the appliances from the house, according to police.

Police say Trotter and Gibbs were subsequently charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of possession of burglar tools, attempted theft, second-degree conspiracy, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest and incarcerated at Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,450 secured and $9,800.00 secured respectively.

Detectives from Troop 4 and Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Units continued to compile information on 52 other incidents surrounding the theft of appliances from houses under construction or renovation that occurred around southern and central Kent County as well as various areas throughout Sussex County and additionally charged the two with 161 charges including Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief.  Kevin Trotter and Nathaniel Gibbs continue to be held at SCI on $181,500 secured and $321,200 secured respectively on the additional charges.
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