Jerome Davis was caught with burglar's tools and pieces of air conditioning units

An apparent attempt to steal parts from commercial air conditioners led to the arrest of a Dover man.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman identified the suspect as 36-year-old Jerome Davis.

The case began at 3:44 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, when Dover police were sent to the Bay Court shopping center to investigate reports of a burglary in progress.

Once there, officers found Davis at the back of the complex, sitting in a maroon Firebird with temporary Maryland license tags. At the time, Davis was wearing a headlamp and black gloves and was found with freshly cut parts from commercial air conditioning units.

Davis allegedly climbed to the shopping center roof and cut several parts off the units with the likely intention of selling them for cash.

Hoffman said the stolen items are valued at about $13,000; damage to the air conditioning units was estimated at $65,000.

Davis is charged with theft of property valued at $1,500 or more, possession of burglar’s tools, criminal mischief over $1,500 and second-degree trespass.

He was ordered held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, after defaulting on a $2,850 secured bond.