Ocean View police have been working with the Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office in the case of a Dagsboro man who is a suspect in local burglaries and thefts and is now in custody in Florida on a felony murder charge.
According to Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, Ocean View police recently matched fingerprints found in a burglary earlier this year to 27-year-old Gabriel Nock of Dagsboro, who had been serving a two-year sentence at the Sussex Halfway House in Georgetown and failed to report back to the house on Feb. 22 after being out on a weekend pass.
Nock was wanted by the Delaware Department of Corrections on escape charges, as well as by the Justice of the Peace Court 14, for failing to pay fines related to a DUI charge. McLaughlin said Nock has a long criminal history and has been arrested 34 times in Delaware alone.
The fingerprints police matched to Nock were part of the OVPD’s investigation of a burglary on Lake Village Circle in Ocean View that police say happened sometime between Feb. 11 and March 14. Property valued at $5,500 had been stolen from the home, along with a car valued at $25,000. According to police, the stolen car was later recovered at a bus station in Washington, D.C.
Then, on April 14, the OVPD learned that Nock was in custody in Broward County, Fla. According to McLaughlin, detectives with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office had arrested Nock on murder charges on March 17.
The Broward County Sheriff’s office has stated that Nock admitted to strangling a 68-year-old man and stealing his wallet, computer and car on March 12. After the murder, Nock allegedly went on a spending spree with the victim’s stolen credit card, treating himself to an iPod, clothing, sneakers and a night out at a strip club. Detectives tracked the purchases and caught up with Nock in Miami Beach.
Nock has been charged with one count of first-degree felony murder in that case.
McLaughlin said officers in Ocean View are providing information to detectives in Broward County and are working with the detectives to establish a timeline of events leading up to the murder. Additionally, Ocean View is pursuing criminal charges against Nock in the Ocean View burglary.