State Police have charged a Dover-are man, identified as Robert J. Graham, with a series of 2013 break-ins and thefts.
Delaware State Police have charged a Kent County man with committing a series of break-ins and copper thefts in Dover and the western part of Kent County in cases dating back to May 2013.
Robert J. Graham, 42, of the 600 block of Dinahs Corner Road, Dover, was taken into custody March 14, according to documents released by Justice of the Peace Court 7, Dover.
The case began on Nov. 7, when the first recorded victim tried to switch on the lights in his outside shed and discovered the electrical wires had been cut and removed. Approximately 80 feet of copper wiring, worth approximately $50 had been taken.
Police later determined the wire had been sold to a Dover-area scrap yard for $15.
Police traced the stolen wire to one of Graham’s neighbors, who had received more than $1,700 in cash from the scrap yard for items sold since June 2013.
The man, whose name was redacted from the court documents, was arrested on several outstanding warrants not connected to the burglaries. After being read his Miranda rights the man told troopers he was not responsible for any thefts or burglaries, but had allowed Graham to use his identification when making sales to the scrap yard.
The man said he had turned over the cash to Graham and only received cigarettes and food in return for loaning out his identification documents.
Graham, however, had been arrested on unrelated charges at the end of October and was in prison until the end of February, according to the Delaware Department of Correction. During that time, police reported a significant drop in incidents in the area, but later reported the theft of 30 feet of copper oil tubing on Nov. 3.
All of the reported burglaries occurred within walking distance of Graham’s home, according to the court documents.
Graham was charged with two counts of burglary, four counts of theft, three counts of criminal mischief and two counts of criminal trespass, and ordered held $19,450 secured bond.