No date has yet been set for a hearing concerning a 43-year-old Ocean View man accused of stealing boat parts.
On Thursday, July 7, Stanley A. Clark waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas, according to Lori Sitler, a spokeswoman for Delaware Attorney General Jane Brady. Clark’s fate will be decided in Superior Court on a still-to-be-determined date.
Enforcement agents from the Division of Fish and Wildlife, within the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), arrested Clark — now charged with 33 counts ranging from theft and forgery to criminal mischief and trespass — on Wednesday, June 29, and arraigned him in Justice of the Peace Court No. 3 in Georgetown.
Division of Fish and Wildlife officials allege Clark, operator of the Moonlight Marine in Roxana and an employee of Droney Marine Construction in Millville, stole and resold nearly $500,000 worth of boat parts and engines during a three-year span. The boats, they said, were stripped and then dumped throughout Delaware and Maryland.
Clark was released on a $23,000 unsecured bond.
Reached by the Coastal Point on Tuesday, Clark declined to comment on the specifics of his legal situation but defended his character.
“Nobody has brought up the good I do for the community,” Clark said. “I am a volunteer fireman. I drive an ambulance.”
Clark said he has worked for the Bethany Beach, Millville and Roxana volunteer fire companies. He is currently listed on the roster for the Millville company.
“Talk to my friends,” he implored. “I am not an evil man.”