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Heroes & Helpers Event Gives Children of Families In Need a Chance to Shop With a Cop

Heroes and HelpersWalk into the Dover Target store this holiday season and you may see a joyful sight: children hand-in-hand with heroes from the Dover Police Department, shopping for holiday gifts for themselves and their family.  The City of Dover Police Department along with Target Department Stores is excited to announce that the Dover Police will be participating in the Heroes and Helpers program.  On December 11th from 5pm-7pm, officers from the Dover Police Department will take a group of children in-need to the Dover Target store to shop for holiday gifts for their families.  Although the Dover Police Department and Dover Target have worked together on the National Night Out project for several years, this is the first time either of them have participated in the Heroes and Helpers campaign.  The event pairs public safety officers with in-need youth for a day of holiday shopping, and a chance to form strong relationships in the process. Local law enforcement selects kids and families to participate, and the kids receive donated funds from Target and other local organizations, businesses and individuals to help them get gifts and other items they need.  For the past several years, Target and local public safety organizations across the country have held events similar to Heroes & Helpers in communities, bringing kids and families holiday cheer, and forming lasting connections with law enforcement. This year, Target donated approximately $200,000 to public safety organizations especially for the events.  The Dover Police Department Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) Supervisor, Sergeant Chad Bernat had this to say about the program:  “This program allows Target and the Dover Police Department to come together once more, and help make the holidays a little better for several deserving children and families.  I believe it is important that children have positive interactions like this with their local police department and know that the community supports them as well.  The program started by Target helps local heroes support their communities and another way for the Dover Police Department to give back to the community they serve.”  Dover Police Chief, James Hosfelt added to those sentiments by saying “The Dover Police Department is grateful for the opportunity to team with Target in support of the Heroes and Helpers Program.  This program has helped to make many Christmas Holidays a little brighter across the nation and now because of the good work of Target, the Dover Police Department will have the opportunity to share in this wonderful event.”  It will certainly be a great night for the children and families involved, but also for the men and women of the Dover Police Department as well.

Update on Sunoco and Dunkin Donuts Robberies 12-4-13

Complaint #: 50-13-32968 & 50-13-32264

The Dover Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit, in conjunction with the Delaware State Police, conducted an investigation into a recent string of robberies throughout Dover and State Police jurisdictions.  During that investigation, the agencies were able to identify Lytia T. Bailey (DOB: 12-17-1985) and Brian Daniels (DOB: 6-21-1972) as suspects in those robberies.  Bailey’s vehicle, a dark blue Jeep Grand Cherokee was also identified as a possible suspect vehicle.  On Tuesday, December 3rd, at approximately 10:41pm, patrol officers observed the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at North Dupont Highway and White Oak Road.  The operator was identified as Lytia Bailey.  During a search of the vehicle, investigators located a black BB gun and clothing that was linked to the robberies.  Bailey was taken into custody for her involvement in the robberies at the Sunoco gas station on  11-22-2013, and the Dunkin’ Donuts (Route 8) on 11-30-2013 by the Dover Police Department.  Delaware State police also charged Bailey with robberies that occurred in their respective jurisdiction.  Warrants were obtained by the Dover Police Department for Brian Daniels for the same robberies as well.  Police are still seeking Daniels and it is unknown if he is still in the Dover area at this time.  Anyone with any information on Daniels’ whereabouts should contact 911 immediately.

Lytia Bailey—ARRESTED

  • DOB: 12-17-1985 (27)
  • 23152 Woodsedge Road, Chestertown, Maryland
  • Bond: $208,000 Secured

Brian Daniels—WANTEDimage