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Police Arrest Suspect Connected to a Rash of Burglaries in Delaware

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Thomas Norris, 54 of Wilmington Thomas Norris, 54 of Wilmington

SMYRNA, Del.- Smyrna police arrested a suspect after a months-long burglary investigation.

In late March, Smyrna police began investigating a commercial burglary at the First State Orthopedics office on S.Main Street. Police say the suspect went in while the business was closed and stole laptop computers. 

During the course of this investigation, SPD released surveillance images of the suspect to the public via social media and traditional news outlets.  Thanks in part to the public's response, investigators were able to identify Thomas Norris, 54 of Wilmington as their suspect. Police obtained arrest warrants but say Norris left the Smyrna area and eluded investigators for nearly two months.  

In mid-May, SPD detectives say they received information that Delaware State Police troop 2 detectives were investigating a rash of similar burglaries. SPD detectives contacted Troop 2 and assisted DSP in positively identifying Norris as their suspect in many of their incidents.  

A joint investigation was then launched, and police say investigators began closing in on Norris.  On June 8, police spotted Norris leaving the Delasoft business in New Castle after police say he burglarized it.  Norris was taken into custody without further incident and was found to be in possession of a stolen laptop computer when he was apprehended.  

He was transported to Troop 2 where he was arraigned via video court in JP #2 on his Smyrna PD charges of Burglary 3rd and Theft under $1,500 as well as many similar DSP charges.  Norris was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $29,500 secured bail for all of his charges.  

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