Two Magnolia residents, identified as Philip Johnson-Bevins, 20, and Kyle L. Barnes, 17, have been arrested by Delaware State Police after they allegedly damaged property in the Woodfield development, west of Magnolia.
At around 4:55 a.m. Friday, troopers were called to the area of Sunny Meadow Drive after receiving a report about two persons trespassing, said police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
Troopers spotted two persons walking along Sunny Meadow Drive, but they ran off when approached. They later were found in one of the suspects’ home on Winding Wood Drive.
Troopers determined the two had been drinking beer before taking a walk through the neighborhood and removing property from various yards, Fournier said.
Johnson-Bevins and Barnes allegedly put the stolen items in the yard of a home in the 100 block of Glenn Forest Drive, then placed a hose from the house into the victim’s gasoline tank and turned on the water.
They were in the process of making a homemade incendiary device but were thwarted by the arrival of the troopers, Fournier said.
Both were charged with second-degree attempted reckless endangering, three counts of theft under $1,500, third-degree conspiracy, underage consumption of alcohol and nine counts of third-degree criminal trespass.
Johnson-Bevins was released on a $4,000 unsecured bond and ordered to have no contact with anyone in the Woodfield development.
Barnes was released on a $4,400 unsecured bond and, since he lives there, was ordered to have no unlawful contact with anyone in the Woodfield development.