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Dover Post
  • Probationer arrested after attempt to sell stolen firearms

  • A Harrington man, identified as Phillip M. Wright, 25, was arrested Oct. 7 after he allegedly sold four stolen weapons to an undercover police officer.
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  • A Harrington man was arrested by Delaware State Police on Oct. 7 after allegedly attempting to sell stolen weapons to an undercover officer.
    The man was identified as Phillip M. Wright, 25, said DSP spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    Working undercover, detectives with the Kent County Drug Unit and Troop 3 Criminal Investigation Unit contacted Wright to discuss the details and price of four stolen firearms that Wright was attempting to sell, Fournier said.
    Wright, a convicted felon on Level III probation, offered the investigators a description of the weapons, which then helped investigators locate a possible victim of a burglary that occurred Oct. 5 in the 500 block of Rose Valley School Road, Dover. Five firearms were stolen in that incident, Fournier said.
    Around 12:15 p.m., KDU members arranged to meet with Wright at the Shore Stop at 8953 S. Dupont Highway, Felton, to purchase the four weapons. Upon completion of the sale, Wright left the parking area and went to the gas pumps where he was taken into custody without incident, Fournier said.
    Detectives recovered two 12-gauge shotguns and two .22-caliber rifles. The fifth stolen weapon, a Ruger .223-caliber rifle, was recovered Oct. 9, Fournier said.
    Wright was charged with four counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, four counts of engaging in a firearms transaction on behalf of another subsequent offense and four counts of receiving a stolen firearm. Additional charges are pending for the burglary on Rose Valley School Road.
    Wright was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the John T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $121,000 cash bail.
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