The Delaware State Police this week arrested four suspects in connection with multiple crimes, including thefts from vehicles.
Police said the suspects — identified as Brian H. Davis, 28, of Rehoboth Beach, Brittani N. Pate, 24, of Dover, Richard T. Descano, 27, of Hockessin and Zachary Huss, 24, of Lewes — were connected to multiple crimes, which included thefts from motor vehicles in the Rehoboth Beach and Angola areas.
The active and ongoing investigation was initiated two months ago with several vehicle break-in complaints, according to the DSP. Through investigative measures, they said, the Property Unit Detectives were able to link the suspects to these thefts and obtained warrants for their arrests.
Brian Davis and his girlfriend, Brittani Pate, also had felony theft warrants out of the Millsboro Police Department, in connection to an alleged crime in which the victim is 62 or older.
Police said that, on Thursday, May 2, Brian Davis and Brittani Pate were sighted at the Rehoboth Beach Mall and fled from responding units. The very next day, around 8:52 a.m., troopers from Troop 7 sighted Brian Davis and Brittani Pate walking on Route 1 north of Route 24 in the Rehoboth area.
Pate was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit, they said, while Davis fled into the nearby Maplewood development. Multiple troopers from Troop 4 Criminal Investigative Unit, Troop 7 administration and patrol troopers, Troop 7 Proactive Criminal Enforcement Unit with the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit, established a perimeter and conducted a search of the area.
A concerned and helpful citizen called 911 to report the suspect fleeing on a bicycle through the development, police said. Troopers observed Davis traveling on Postal Lane on a bicycle. He was taken into custody without further incident, after he had reportedly been hiding in the crawlspace of a residence in the Maplewood development.
Police said Davis had also allegedly stolen the bicycle from that residence. That homeowner was contacted, and the bicycle was returned, they said. Davis was charged for the additional theft.
Richard Descano and Zachary Huss, who allegedly conspired with Davis to enter multiple vehicles and commit the thefts, were arrested as well on May 3, without incident, they said.
Davis was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default $54,000 secured bond. He was arrested on 74 criminal charges, including Criminal Trespassing, Attempted Theft, Theft (a felony, Theft Under $1500.00 and Victim is 62 Years of Age or Older (a felony, from the Millsboro PD), conspiracy (a felony), Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting and Unlawful Use of a Payment Card (from the Millsboro PD).
Pate was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $5,000.00 secured bond, stemming from her Millsboro Police Department charges of Theft Under $1500 and Victim is 62 years of Age or Older (a felony), Conspiracy and Resisting Arrest.
Descano was charged with multiple crimes and released on $52,000 unsecured bond. He was arrested on 70 criminal charges, including Criminal Trespassing, Attempted Theft, Theft (a felony), Conspiracy (a felony) and Criminal Mischief.
Huss was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $52,000 secured bond. He was arrested on 70 criminal charges, including Criminal Trespassing, Attempted Theft, Theft (a felony), Conspiracy (a felony) and Criminal Mischief.
The investigation was ongoing this week, and anyone with additional information regarding these or other incidents was being asked to contact Sgt. L. Weller of the Troop 4, Georgetown, Property Crimes Unit at (302) 752-3802. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.