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Suspects Arrested in Multiple Burglaries and Thefts in Sussex County

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Suspects Arrested in Sussex Burglaries Suspects Arrested in Sussex Burglaries
William J. Tingle II, 28, of Ocean View William J. Tingle II, 28, of Ocean View
Thomas G. McCoy, 29 and Amy N. Biddinger, 25 Thomas G. McCoy, 29 and Amy N. Biddinger, 25
old Donald W. Elliott, 37, of Dagsboro old Donald W. Elliott, 37, of Dagsboro

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Delaware State Police arrested four people involved in several burglaries and thefts over the last two months.

Police arrested William J. Tingle II, 28 of Ocean View, after he was found to be in possession of crack cocaine during a traffic stop near Laurel. Police then learned he was wanted out of Worcester County for several burglaries.  At that time, Tingle was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $3,000 cash bond.  

Police later got a warrant and after searching the car Tingle was driving, troopers found pieces of a birth certificate. Police say the later learned the document was from inside a safe that was stolen from a burglary on Bunting Road in Frankford just two days earlier.

Detectives continued to follow-up on thefts from cars and other burglaries in the Selbyville and Frankford areas and were able to link Tingle to 17 other complaints.  He was additionally charged with three counts of 2nd-degree burglary, twelve counts of theft under $1,500 where the victim is 62 or older, eight counts of theft under $1,500, criminal mischief, and fifteen counts of 3rd-degree criminal trespass.  He was arraigned and remains committed to SCI on an additional $27,100 secured bond.

In a second and separate investigation, police arrested 29-year-old Thomas G. McCoy and 25-year-old Amy N. Biddinger, both of Ocean View, after they were stopped by troopers for driving a stolen car.  Police say the car was stolen the previous day from Hockers Grocery & Deli in Millville, when a customer parked her car with the key still in the ignition. Police say McCoy was standing outside the store, and surveillance video shows him getting into the car and driving off.

Detectives were also able to link McCoy to another motor vehicle theft that happened on October 17, when a man reported his pick up truck stolen from the Rite Aid on Atlantic Avenue. In this case, police say the victim left his keys on the seat and ran into the store. When he returned, he saw someone driving the truck out of the parking lot. The truck was recovered the following day in Frankford, and the victim’s cell phone was missing.

McCoy and Biddinger were also connected to a burglary that happened back in September on White Tail Drive in Selbyville. Police say the homeowner saw McCoy inside before he took off with an electronic gaming device and cash.

McCoy was charged with 2nd-degree burglary, 2nd-degree conspiracy, three counts of theft under $1,500, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, selling stolen property, and two counts of driving without a valid license.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to SCI in lieu of $15,502 secured bond.

Biddinger was charged with 2nd-degree burglary, 2nd-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500, and selling stolen property.  She was arraigned and released after posting $4,000 secured bond.

During a third investigation, police arrested 37-year-old Donald W. Elliott of Dagsboro, after detectives were able to place him at numerous burglaries in the Dagsboro, Frankford, and Ocean View areas.  Through witness interviews and victim’s accounts, police were able to identify the car that Elliott was driving to track him down. In most of these cases, police say Elliott would force his way into the homes through doors or windows.  Once inside, police say he would take prescription or over-the-counter medication along with loose change.

Elliott was charged with twelve counts of 2nd-degree burglary, three counts of possession of burglary tools, attempted theft under $1,500 where the victim is 62 or older, two counts of acquiring prescription medication without a prescription, two counts of theft under $1,500, seven counts of attempted theft under $1,500, and six counts of criminal mischief.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $44,900 secured bond.

If anyone may have fallen victim to one of these suspects or have information regarding these investigations, they are asked to contact Sergeant Adam Wright at 302-752-3803 or by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.  Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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