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  • Three arrested during Harrington traffic stop

  • Three people were arrested Dec. 15 on various charges including shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop by the Harrington Police Department.
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  • Three people were arrested Dec. 15 on various charges following a traffic stop by the Harrington Police Department.
    Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Harrington police stopped a vehicle for going the wrong way on U.S. Route 13 in the area of Porter Street, said Harrington Police Department spokesman Lt. Earl Brode.
    The driver, identified as 41-year-old Evelyn M. Bland of Rehoboth Beach, provided the officer with a false name upon contact. After confirming Bland's identity, police found she was wanted out of several courts and by Delaware State Police for shoplifting, Brode said.
    Bland was taken into custody without incident.
    While searching the vehicle, the Harrington officer discovered drug paraphernalia and took the passenger, 40-year-old Michelle L. Bloothoofd of Dover, into custody without incident, Brode said.
    Bland contacted a friend, 46-year-old Curtis Elliot of Lincoln, and asked him to pick up the vehicle from the traffic stop. The officer conducting the stop was familiar with Elliot, conducted a computer check prior to his arrival and confirmed he was also wanted by Delaware State Police for shoplifting, Brode said. Elliot was also taken into custody upon his arrival.
    The Felton Police Department also responded to assist the Harrington officer.
    As police continued an investigation, it was discovered that Elliot was suspected of shoplifting merchandise from the Midway Shopping Center Food Lion prior to his arrival at the traffic stop, Brode said.
    The merchandise was returned to the Food Lion.
    All three were transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing.
    Bland was issued a criminal summons for criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia and was issued several traffic summons. She was turned over to the Delaware State Police to face the previous shoplifting charges.
    Bloothoofd was issued a criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released pending a future court appearance.
    Elliot was issued a criminal summons for shoplifting under $1,500. He was turned over to the Delaware State Police to face the shoplifting charges.
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