Troopers Arrest One of the Coach Purse Burglars

Hood, Timothy A**UPDATE**

 

Detectives have arrested one of the two suspects involved in the burglary of the Coach Outlet that occurred early yesterday morning.

Around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, troopers were still searching the area north of where a crash had occurred between the suspect’s black Mercedes Benz SUV and a Ford Taurus when a call for a suspicious person had been received with the Kent County 9-1-1 center. Troopers converged on a black male subject carrying a black sweatshirt and wearing grey sweat pants with no shoes as he was inside the Valero gas station located at 432 Bay Road, Milford. The suspect, who was later identified as Timothy A. Hood, 39 of Richmond, VA, was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown.

Further investigation revealed, Hood was also involved in two other burglaries that occurred in the same shopping center. On August 7, 2013, Sunglass Hut was burglarized after the window was shattered and over 60 pairs of sunglasses valued at approximately $11,600.00 were stolen. Then on August 10, 2013, Michael Kors Outlet was burglarized after a window was shattered and 85 purses valued at over $27,000.00 were removed.

This incident occurred around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning after an alarm activation was received from the Coach Outlet in Rehoboth Beach. Troopers responding to the area located a black 2007 Mercedes Benz SUV leaving the shopping plaza and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The vehicle disregarded the troopers signal and continued northbound on Coastal Highway (SR1) at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached a slight right curve in the roadway near the SR1/US113 merge near Milford, a 2002 Ford Taurus traveling in the northbound lane was struck from behind causing both vehicles to spin out of control. The Mercedes came to a stop in the center median and the two occupants fled to the west crossing the southbound lanes of SR1. The driver of the 2002 Ford Taurus has been identified as Patrick A. Organ, 41 of Milford. He was transported by EMS to Milford Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers were able to recover 85 Coach Purses estimated in value of over $29,000.00. (See attached photo)

Timothy A. Hood was arraigned on the above listed charges and committed to SCI in lieu of $75,000.00 cash bail.

SR1 northbound, south of the US113 was closed for approximately three hours as troopers investigated and cleared the crash.

If anyone has any information on the remaining suspects, they are asked to contact Detective D. Cathell at 302-856-5850 ext. 214 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Crash Affects Milford Schools :

The Milford Central Academy and the Milford High School were both put on  “lockdown” mode from approximately 8:45 am to 11:15 as the suspects involved in Wednesday morning’s crash were said to possibly be located  in the vicinity of the two school. School Resource Officer Joey Melvin states that the lockdown was taken out of precautions as there were no direct threats to either school.

 

 

 

Original Release:

Delaware State Police

The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a two vehicle crash that occurred around 4:15 a.m. this morning. Bay Road (SR1) northbound at the North DuPont Highway (US113) split is currently closed and traffic is being diverted onto NE Front Street in Milford.

Motorist should find alternate routes of travel until the roadway is re-opened.

Preliminary investigation reveals the incident occurred around 4:00 a.m. after an alarm activation was received from the Coach Outlet in Rehoboth Beach. Troopers responding to the area located a Black Mercedes Benz SUV leaving the shopping plaza and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The vehicle disregarded the troopers signal and continued northbound on Coastal Highway (SR1) at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached a slight right curve in the roadway near the SR1/US113 merge near Milford, a Ford Taurus traveling in the northbound lane was struck from behind causing both vehicles to spin out of control. The Mercedes came to a stop in the center median and the two occupants fled to the west crossing the southbound lanes of SR1. A male driver of the Taurus was transported to Milford Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

More information into this incident will be released later this afternoon as the investigation unfolds.

If anyone has any information on the two suspects, they are asked to call 9-1-1 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

 

 

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