Police arrest suspected burglar following roadside scuffle


Ocean View police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon for allegedly robbing Banks Wines & Spirits the previous night, but it took a tussle between the man and police on Route 26 to bring him into custody.

According to Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, Charles A. Zingo, 48, with a last-known address in Millville, was wanted by Delaware State Police for allegedly burglarizing Banks Wine & Spirits in Millville sometime between 9 p.m. on Monday, March 28, and 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

State police reported that surveillance footage of the crime showed Zingo smashing a large window to the business with a rock. He then allegedly removed an undisclosed amount of liquor bottles from the store.

The DSP, McLaughlin said, had connected Zingo to the crime and issued an arrest warrant. McLaughlin said Zingo was already on probation and had an arrest warrant out for him on an unrelated charge from the Sussex County Family Court.

According to McLaughlin, the Ocean View Police Department received a call on Wednesday afternoon concerning a man hiding in the bushes outside the Verizon building at the intersection of Route 26 and Central Avenue. Sgt. Heath Hall responded to the scene and reportedly recognized Zingo from a photo he had seen earlier in the day. He told Zingo to come out.

At that point, according to McLaughlin, Zingo and Hall began to fight each other. Hall was able to call on his radio for assistance, and McLaughlin and a Bethany Beach police officer responded and were able to place Zingo under arrest.

Zingo is listed as 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighing 275 pounds, according to McLaughlin.

“He’s a big boy,” said McLaughlin. “Luckily, we were able to bring him in without anybody getting hurt. Not only did we get a guy off the street who was wanted, but we were able to help the Delaware State Police catch this guy. He’s a career criminal.”

McLaughlin said Cpl. Kenneth Argo of the Delaware State Police did a great job with the original investigation of the Banks burglary and informed local police departments in a timely manner as to whom they were looking for.

State police said Zingo was wearing the same attire when he was arrested as he was in the surveillance video, and he had in his possession a black duffle bag that contained bottles of alcohol stolen during the burglary.

Zingo was charged by the Ocean View Police Department with resisting arrest, and by the Delaware State Police with burglary, theft and three counts of criminal mischief. He was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $6,300 cash bond.