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Police: 2 More Arrests in Appliance Theft String

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Sylvester Hicks and Carlos Daniels Sylvester Hicks and Carlos Daniels
Another suspect in the appliance theft string whom police are searching for. (Photo: Delaware State Police) Another suspect in the appliance theft string whom police are searching for. (Photo: Delaware State Police)
DELMAR, Del. - Delaware state Police have arrested two more people and are looking for another in connection with numerous burglaries and thefts of appliances over the past year.

During the course of the investigation, detectives say they learned through witness accounts that 31-year-old Sylvester Hicks, of Lincoln, was the head of an organized criminal enterprise responsible for burglarizing and stealing appliances or construction materials from new construction sites or model homes. Police say Hicks would work with those who committed the burglaries and then have them transport the stolen property back to his residence located on Foreman Avenue in Lincoln.

Around 3:00 a.m., Monday, detectives say they began a surveillance operation on a Chevrolet Express van that was known to be used during these criminal activities.  Police say the van was spotted leaving Clayton Homes in Delmar, Delaware, when members of the Sussex County Governor's Task Force initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of Crooked Road, Lincoln.  Police say the two occupants jumped from the van in an attempt to flee and the operator, who was later identified as 29-year-old Carlos L. Daniels, of Lincoln was arrested a short while later.

Police say a second suspect was able to get away. If anyone has any information on who that person may be, they are asked to contact Detective J. Rowley at 302-856-5850 ext. 223.  Upon searching the van, detectives say they were able to recover numerous appliances that were stolen from Clayton Homes earlier that morning.

Troopers say they then responded to Sylvester Hicks residence where he was taken into custody.  A search warrant was conducted and detectives recovered over 20 appliances linked to multiple burglaries in Sussex County.

Sylvester Hicks and Carlos Daniels were transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where they were both charged with Racketeering, nine counts of Burglary 3rd, three counts of Theft over $1,500, two counts of Conspiracy 2nd, and Criminal Mischief.  They were arraigned and both committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $60,000 secured bond.

Two other people, 27-year-old Kevin L. Trotter, of Dover, and 48-year-old Nathaniel A. Gibbs, of Lincoln, were arrested in January for similar crimes. They are believed to also have been involved in this string of thefts working under Hicks.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into the burglaries and thefts and additional charges may be forthcoming.
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