Police Beat -- Millsboro

State Police this week were seeking suspects in a Sept. 13 Lewes-area burglary, including two Millsboro-area residents. Police were looking for 33-year-old Melissa Kabino and 27-year-old Byron Martin, who were among five suspects in the robbery.

According to the DSP, the victims in the burglary last Tuesday – a 68-year-old woman and 69-year-old man – awoke to discover that their home in the Sussex East development had been burglarized overnight, while they slept. The victims told police someone had entered the home through an unlocked window and then removed several electronic items valued at more than $1,500, as well as credit cards, from the home before fleeing.

As the investigation was continuing, police said, the victims contacted their credit card company and were advised that someone had used one of the cards to purchase items from the Wal-Mart store in Georgetown and had also attempted to use the credit cards at the Wal-Mart in Rehoboth Beach. Troopers responded to both locations and were able to view surveillance footage that revealed that at least four different subjects were possibly involved in the use of the credit cards.

As detectives were still actively investigating the incident, police said, they observed a male and female subject matching the description of two of the subjects captured on video walking in the Patterson Place development in Georgetown. Detectives stopped and detained the pair – later identified as Peggy Kachnovitz, 46, of Lewes and Gary Klaft, 27, of Millsboro and learned that Klaft was in possession of a cellular phone that had been stolen in the burglary.

Through further investigation, detectives were able to link Kachnovitz and Klaft, as well as Jeffery Kabino, 39, of Georgetown, and Melissa Kabino and Byron Martin to the burglary.

Detectives then went to Byron Martin’s residence, where they took Jeffery Kabino into custody without incident. They were unable to locate Byron Martin and Melissa Kabino, and police were still looking for the pair early this week.

Kachnovitz was arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Identity Theft, Theft, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, Forgery 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Credit Card and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. She was arraigned at JP Court 3 and release on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Klaft was arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, Unlawful Use of a Credit Card and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was arraigned at JP Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $9,000 secured bail.

Jeffery Kabino was arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, Unlawful Use of a Credit Card and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was arraigned at JP Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $9,000 secured bail.

Detectives have obtained warrants charging Melissa Kabino with Attempted Unlawful Use of a Credit Card and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. Byron Martin has warrants for his arrest on Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, Unlawful Use of a Credit Card and Conspiracy 2nd Degree.

Detectives are asking anyone who may know the location of Melissa Kabino and Byron Martin to contact Detective John Evans at Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850. The public may provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES) or through Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or www.tipsubmit.com.

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Suspects sought in Millsboro-area home-invasion robbery

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a home invasion-style robbery that occurred Monday morning near Millsboro.

Police said two male suspects armed with handguns burst through the front door of a residence on Basin Road about midnight on Sept. 19, and ordered the three people inside – a 55-year-old woman, a 48-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman – to the ground. They said the suspects then demanded and received prescription medication and other personal items from the victims. The suspects then fled from the home in an unknown direction, according to the DSP.

The first suspect was described as a black man with a light complexion. He was last seen wearing a black ski mask and a green military-style field jacket. He was also armed with a handgun.

The second suspect is a white man, of whom there was no further description available. He was last seen wearing a purple bandana covering his face and dark clothing, and a green military-style field jacket. He was also armed with a handgun.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have any information about the incident to contact Detective Fred Chambers at (302) 856-5850, ext. 206; provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES); or through Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Drug investigation leads to arrest of suspects in home-invasion robbery

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millsboro-area couple on drug and robbery charges following an investigation into drug sales in the area.

Marcus Dennis, 34, and Tonya Carpenter, 37, both living in a home on Carey’s Camp Road near Millsboro, were arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 13, after members of the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit, Governor’s Task Force, Major Crimes and Special Operations Response Teams executed a search warrant of their residence. The search was conducted as the result of a several month-long investigation into illegal drug sales from the home, police noted.

During the search officers seized 34 30-mg Oxycodone tablets, drug paraphernalia, a Daisy rifle, ammunition and more than $500 in suspected drug sale proceeds.

After further investigation, detectives said, they were also able to link Marcus Dennis and Tonya Carpenter to a Sept. 11 home invasion-style robbery on Power Plant Road near Dagsboro.

During the robbery, a male and a female suspect entered the home through an unlocked front door. The male suspect, who was armed with a rifle, tied up the 78-year-old male homeowner. He then ordered the 63-year-old female resident to provide him with prescription medications that were in the home and escorted her throughout the house. The female suspect kept watch over the male victim as this was occurring. Both suspects then fled from the residence.

Marcus Dennis was charged with two counts of Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Aggravated Menacing, Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Drug Property. Dennis was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $108,500 cash bail.

Tonya Carpenter was charged with two counts of Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, two counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Drug Property. She was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution for lack of $94,500 secured bail.

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Mountaire employee robbed in parking lot

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of the Mountaire Plant near Millsboro on Friday, Sept. 16.

According to police, a 46-year-old male employee at the plant spotted a tan four-door vehicle – possibly a Ford or Mercury – enter the parking lot and park next to his car. Police said a black man exited the car and approached the victim, asking whether he had ordered a pizza, which the victim said he had not.

Police said the suspect produced a handgun from his waist and demanded the victim’s money, but the victim ran from the area. As he was running away, police said, the victim turned to see the suspect going through his car. The suspect then fled from the parking lot in the tan vehicle.

Upon returning to his car, the victim said, he discovered that the suspect had removed his cellular phone and other personal items from the car. The victim was not injured, police noted.

The suspect was described as a black man, between 28 and 30 years old, between 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighing about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hat, black hooded jacket and blue-jean shorts.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have any information about the incident to contact at Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850, by texting keyword “DSP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), through Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.