State Police have arrested two people in connection with a copper wire theft investigation.

Couple arrested in wire theft investigation

A Kent County couple was arrested Wednesday morning following a report that someone was trying to steal copper wire from a local farm.

The suspects were identified as Dave A. Blawn, 42, of Felton, and Bonnie L. Henderson, 45, of Dover, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

The case began at approximately 2:40 a.m. when troopers received a call from an employee of Shady Brook Farms. Given a description of the vehicle, a blue Dodge minivan, and direction it was headed, troopers found it parked on a dead end road.

Henderson, who was in the driver's seat, was taken into custody without incident. Blawn was arrested shortly afterward when he emerged from a nearby wildlife area. A search of the minivan turned up bolt cutters used to sever wire from irrigation systems, Fournier said.

An investigation indicated Blawn had been involved in at least four similar incidents in the Dover and Magnolia areas since November 2012.

Blawn was charged with possession of burglar tools, second-degree conspiracy, 10 counts of felony theft, four counts of criminal mischief and five counts of criminal trespass. He was ordered held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $36,250 secured bond.

Henderson was charged with possession of burglary tools, second-degree conspiracy, attempted theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

She was released from custody on a $9,050 unsecured bond.