An investigation into the pawning of stolen healthcare products focusing on a Middletown pawn shop has concluded with the arrest or indictment of 23 suspects, according to a Delaware State Police report this afternoon.
Agencies involved in the investigation included the Delaware State Police, United States Postal Service, the Department of Justice and the Middletown Police Department.
The 18-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Golden Eye," began in January 2015, targeting the suspected illegal pawn practices of the Gold Fever Pawn Shop at 16 N. Broad St., Middletown, including the purchasing of stolen merchandise, police said.
The operators of the business, Shaun S. Reilly, 35, of New Castle, Kisha A. Reilly, 35, of New Castle, and Denise C. Toy, 62, of New Castle, were routinely under-reporting the pawning of the merchandise to the pawn regulatory agency, police said.
Shaun and Kisha Reilly, who are both convicted felons, also regularly possessed firearms while they conducted their business, which they are prohibited to do by law, police said.
On Aug. 1, the New Castle County Grand Jury indicted a total of 23 suspects in the case on multiple charges including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and organized retail theft.
On Aug. 2, search warrants were executed at the Gold Fever Pawn Shop as well as at the residence of Shaun and Kisha Reilly in the 900 block of Cox Neck Road, New Castle.
As a result of the searches the following items were seized: $100,000 in over-the-counter healthcare products, cash, packaging materials, a utility trailer, a Ruger .22 caliber LR rifle, a Ruger 12 gauge pistol grip shotgun, a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a Sears & Roebuck .22 caliber bolt action rifle, a Ruger LCP .380 handgun, a Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield handgun, a Taurus .380 ACP handgun, a Savage Arms semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun and a Camo Savage bolt action .223 rifle.
Police said the case involved the cooperative effort of investigators from various law enforcement agencies, loss prevention personnel from Walgreens and CVS, and prosecutors from the Department of Justice.
Shaun and Kisha Reilly were both arrested and charged with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, organized retail theft, criminal solicitation, and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from carrying one, police said.
Shaun Reilly has been incarcerated in the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of $150,000 cash bail while awaiting a court appearance.
Kisha Reilly was committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution for lack of $150,000 cash bail while awaiting a court appearance.
Denise Toy was arrested and charged with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, organized retail theft, criminal solicitation, and two counts of giving a firearm to a person prohibited from carrying one. She has been incarcerated at the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution for lack of $150,000 cash bail while awaiting a court appearance.
Police said the following suspects have also been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and organized retail theft as a result of this investigation:
Cassie Lynch, 31, of Dover;
Jennifer Capossere, 38, of Middletown;
James Walker, 43, of Middletown;
Juls Hobbs, 23, of Wilmington;
Kaitlyn Mace, 22, of Clayton;
Christopher Naylor, 32, of Smyrna;
Michael Payne, 35, of Middletown;
Jeffery Gennusa, 23, of Townsend;
Rebecca Youngheim, 22, of Chestertown, Maryland;
Amy Sutton, 32, of Worton, Maryland;
Kevin Dittman, 33, of Smyrna, who was also charged with racketeering.
Police said arrest warrants have been obtained charging the following suspects with conspiracy to commit racketeering and organized retail theft in connection with this investigation:
Samantha Ralosky, 31, of Townsend, currently incarcerated;
Todd Miller, 22, of Middletown, currently incarcerated;
Danielle Francisco, 25, of Middletown, currently incarcerated;
Kyle Johnson, 21, of Middletown, currently incarcerated;
Stephen McClain, 30, of Smyrna, currently incarcerated;
Brittany Martin, 22, of North East, Maryland;
Cody Keithley, 25, of North East, Maryland;
Paige Hobbs, 18, of Middletown;
Cody Kidwell, 25, of Smyrna.
Police are asking anyone with information about the location of Brittany Martin, Cody Keithley, Paige Hobbs, or Cody Kidwell to call Detective William Harris at 302-365-8428 or Detective Christian Hevelow at 302-365-8471. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."