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  • Cheswold Police crack Laundromat burglary

  • Cheswold Police believe they have solved the burglary of a local business with the arrest of three Kent County men.
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  • Cheswold Police believe they have solved the burglary of a local business with the arrest of three Kent County men.
    The crime took place May 2 at Kwon's Laundromat, 762 Main St., Cheswold, said town Chief of Police Christopher Workman.
    Workman said a flood of information came in to the Cheswold Police Department and other law enforcement agencies after surveillance photos of the suspects were published in local newspapers, including the Dover Post.
    Those tips allowed the department to identify one of the suspects as Joseph M. Simms, 23, of the 3300 block of Sugar Stick Road, Harrington.
    Workman and another Cheswold officer drove to the Harrington Casino on May 16 and in cooperation with gaming and security officials there positively identified Simms, who was employed at the casino.
    According to the affidavit of probable cause in this case, Workman went up to Simms, identified himself, and asked Simms if he knew why he was there.
    Simms reportedly said, "Yes."
    Simms was taken into custody without incident after being read his Miranda rights. Later, at the Cheswold Police Department, he again was read his rights, but signed a waiver agreeing to talk to police.
    According to Workman's affidavit, Simms said he and the two other men, one later identified as his cousin, Richard Morgan, 23, and another man, Adrian Jenkins, 18, went to the Laundromat after spending time driving around looking for a place to get money. They went inside once but only obtained a small amount of cash, Simms said, but returned later with tools they used to pry open change receptacles on the washers and dryers.
    The burglary resulted in approximately $8,000 in damages to the machines.
    Workman said Simms said the three then left the Laundromat and, after dropping off the other two men, used some of the $119 stolen from the machines to buy diapers for his daughter.
    Workman obtained warrants for Morgan, who turned himself in to Cheswold authorities later on May 16, and for Jenkins, who surrendered May 17.
    The three men were charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglar's tools, criminal mischief over $5,000, second-degree conspiracy and theft under $1,000.
    They were later released on unsecured bail pending a later court date.
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