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Arrest Made in Bus Battery Thefts; Two Suspects Still Wanted

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Jason Hamilton, Dominic Horsey, Thomas Johnson Jason Hamilton, Dominic Horsey, Thomas Johnson

SEAFORD/LAUREL, Del. - Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for two more wanted for a series of bus battery thefts.

According to the Delaware State Police, the initial thefts happened sometime during the night of Sept. 13. But on Sept. 15, they said they responded to the 8000 block of Bethel Road in Laurel for a report of 34 batteries stolen from 17 busses parked on a farm. 

The buses were being used to harvest watermelon, and according to police the batteries were stolen sometime between Sept. 8 and the date they were reported missing.

Later that day, police said they learned that 25-year-old Thomas Johnson of Laurel had scrapped a large number of batteries at the Salisbury Scrap Metal. Further investigation revealed that 28-year-old Dominic Horsey and 29-year-old Jason Hamilton of Laurel had been using the same scrap yard over the course of the beginning of the month to scrap batteries for cash.

Police say Hamilton turned himself in to detectives at Troop 4 in Georgetown on Tuesday. He was charged with Theft $1500 or Greater (Felony), four counts of Theft Under $1500, three counts of Conspiracy 3rd and three counts of Criminal Trespass. He was arraigned at JP2 and released on a $7,000 unsecured bond.

Detectives are still looking for Horsey and Johnson, who are wanted for Theft $1500 or Greater (Felony), four counts of Theft Under $1500, three counts of Conspiracy 3rd and three counts of Criminal Trespass.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of these subjects, they are asked to contact Detective C. Simpson at 302-752-3855. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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