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Couple Arrested for Burglaries in Del. Amish Communities

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Harvey M. Coblentz Harvey M. Coblentz
Peggy S. Wright Peggy S. Wright

HARTLY, Del.- Delaware State Police say a Hartly couple has been arrested in connection with more than 20 burglaries to homes, garages and shed within the Amish communities of Kent County.

Troopers said the incidents began occurring around May 27, and continued through June 16 when a number of homes and outbuildings located throughout the Hartly, Marydel, and west Dover areas began experiencing break-ins. 

Police said that during the burglaries, the suspect(s) would remove items such as, lawn and garden equipment, power tools, chainsaws, pressure washers, and cash.  Troopers said that as detectives continued to look into the rash of burglaries, they discovered that 26-year-old Harvey M. Coblentz, of Hartly, who was ex-Amish, was the primary suspect in this incidents due to his burgundy colored pickup truck being seen driving slowly around the area of the houses involved in the crimes.

Police said that at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Coblentz’s truck was observed parked on the side of the road by a trooper patrolling in the area of the 900 block of Grygo Road in Marydel.  A traffic stop was conducted on the burgundy 2000 Chevrolet Silverado and a trooper made contact with Coblentz, who was the driver.

Police said Coblentz's girlfriend, 31-year-old Peggy S. Wright, of Hartly, was a passenger in the truck and a computer inquiry revealed both of them to have capiases out of Kent County Court of Common Pleas and Wright was also listed as a missing person in which a Gold Alert was issued on Feb. 28.

Coblentz and Wright were both taken into custody and committed to the Delaware Department of Corrections on the capiases. 

On Wednesday June 22, detectives charged both Coblentz and Wright with a total of 62 charges with various counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree conspiracy, criminal mischief,and Theft.  They both remain held  in default of bond.

Police said the investigation into these burglaries continue as detectives continue to track down the equipment stolen from the victims.

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