Michael Quiñones, 26, of Dover was arrested Aug. 11 following an investigation into a missing handgun and jewelry, believed stolen from a home in the 1200 block of Harrison Drive.
Quiñones was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, theft of a firearm, theft of property valued at more than $1,500 where the victim was more than 62 years of age, tampering with evidence, criminal impersonation and selling stolen property, said Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
The case began when the victim hired Quiñones and another man to help her move, Hoffman said. Shortly after giving the men a tour of her home, the woman noticed the handgun was missing and called police; under questioning by responding officers Quiñones gave a false name, but the officer verified his identity from a Delaware ID card in his wallet.
In addition, officers found $14 in rolled change and $2,600 worth of jewelry hidden in the backpack Quiñones had brought to the home, Hoffman said.
While under questioning at police headquarters concerning the whereabouts of the handgun, Hoffman said Quiñones grabbed a cell phone from a countertop and snapped it in half, saying “There is stuff on there that proves I’m guilty.”
Quiñones also was wanted on a bench warrant for a driving infraction, Hoffman said.
Quiñones was ordered held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in lieu of a $13,600 cash bond.