Delaware State Police have arrested three people, identified as Michael D. Messick, Michael A. Hoesch and Ashley N. Smith, in connection with a string of recent burglaries in Kent County.
Delaware State Police detectives have arrested three people in connection with numerous burglaries and thefts that occurred in Kent County, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Friday.
The case began June 4 as detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit at Troop 3 began investigating a series of burglaries occurring in the Camden, Felton, Woodside, Hartly and Clayton areas. These incidents, which began at the end of May, occurred primarily during the daylight hours as the suspects would forcibly enter the residences and remove jewelry, firearms, and electronics. The suspects would then take the merchandise to local pawn shops where they would receive cash for the items.
Through the course of the investigation and interviews, detectives linked Michael D. Messick, Michael A. Hoesch, and Ashley N. Smith to the burglaries after a relative of one of the suspects noticed items in their car that didn't belong to them.
The vehicle, which was owned by the relative, was frequently used by Messick and Smith to travel around the county with Hoesch and allegedly store the stolen items.
Detectives obtained warrants on the three and arrested Messick on June 29; Hoesch and Smith were taken into custody on July 2.
Messick, 31, of Wyoming, was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, nine counts of firearm theft, three counts of theft, three counts of second-degree conspiracy and two counts of criminal mischief. He was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $49,000 secured bond.
Hoesch, 29, of the unit block of Downs Chapel Road, Hartly, was charged with five counts of second-degree burglary, 12 counts of firearm theft, five counts of theft, five counts of second-degree conspiracy and three counts of criminal mischief. He was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $110,200 secured bond.
Smith, 27, of the 10000 block of Westville Road, Camden, was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, nine counts of firearm theft, three counts of theft, three counts of second-degree conspiracy and two counts of criminal mischief. She was jailed at the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on a $37,000 secured bond.