The Delaware State Police have arrested two men following an investigation into two commercial burglaries that occurred recently in Bear.
On December 28, 2022, at approximately 4:57 a.m., troopers responded to the Shell gas station located at 841 Pulaski Highway in Bear regarding a burglary. Troopers learned that two unknown males had driven a stolen 2010 blue Chevrolet Cobalt into the front door of the convenience store and forced their way inside. The suspects removed numerous packs of cigarettes and other items before fleeing the scene. Troopers were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspects, and the car was not recovered.
On December 30, 2022, at approximately 11:31 p.m., troopers again responded to the same Shell gas station for another burglary. In this incident, the same two suspects had driven a stolen 2013 turquoise Honda Fit into the front door, again forcing entry inside the convenience store. The suspects then stole additional cigarettes and fled from the area in the Honda Fit.
Hours later, on December 31, 2022, at approximately 1:55 a.m., a trooper on patrol observed the damaged Honda Fit parked in the lot of the Budget Inn, located at 3 Memorial Drive in New Castle. The trooper also saw two men standing next to the Honda with the doors open. Troopers contacted both subjects, identified as 49-year-old Roy Hayes of Middletown, Delaware and 61-year-old Michael Parker of Baltimore, Maryland, and both were taken into custody without incident. Troopers also recovered items that had been stolen in the two burglaries.
Hayes and Parker were taken to Troop 2, where they were each charged with the following crimes:
- Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony (Felony) – 2 counts
- Burglary Third Degree (Felony) – 2 counts
- Theft Over $1,500 (Felony)
- Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,500 (Felony)
- Conspiracy Second Degree (Felony) – 2 counts
- Theft Under $1,500
- Criminal Mischief – 2 counts
Both Hayes and Parker were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11, and both were committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $25,500 secured bond.
The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigation Unit continues to investigate this case. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this incident to please contact Detective J. Lucyk by calling 302-365-8388. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Leonard DeMalto
Released: 123122 1444
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