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Weekly Shoplifter Arrests 1/22/15-1/29/15

The Dover Police Department responded to 14 shoplifting calls between Noon on January 22nd and Noon on January 29th.  Of those 14 shoplifting complaints, one was unfounded,  6 are still under investigation, and arrests were made/warrants obtained in 7 cases. A total of 6 adults were arrested or are wanted for shoplifting during this period, with one adult being caught twice.


Dover Police Extends Application Deadline for Cadet Program 1-25-2015

The Dover Police Department is now accepting applications for the Cadet Program approved to begin in 2015.  The closing date for applications will be 4:00PM, on Friday, February 13th, 2015, a week later than previously announced.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with some college experience preferred (not required) and will be required to pass the standard Dover Police Department Physical Test.  For more information on the program, including the official job description/requirements, please visit: www.doverpolice.org/careers.


Man Flees After Forcing Victim In Vehicle, Crashed Into Fence 1-29-15

Complaint#:  50-15-2428     Date/Time:  Thursday, January 29th at 1:41AM
Location: 600 Block of North Governors Avenue

At approximately 1:41AM, on Thursday morning, officers from the Dover Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of North Governors Avenue for a motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival, officers observed a green Volkswagen Passat in the back yard of a residence, after it drove through a fence.  Police on scene learned that the driver (later identified as Matthew Stanford-51) had fled the vehicle on foot.  The passenger, a 29-year-old female, suffered several facial lacerations and was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital.  Further investigation revealed that Stanford forced the female victim (who is an acquaintance) into the vehicle against her will and began driving recklessly and refused to let the victim out of the vehicle or slow his driving.  It was determined that the vehicle was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour, which led to the collision with the fence as Stanford was unable to control the vehicle.  A short time later, officers located Stanford in the 300 block of West Division Street and attempted to contact him.  Stanford fled on foot from police but was arrested after a brief foot pursuit.

Stanford was charged with the following offenses:

  • Unlawful Imprisonment
  • Reckless Endangering
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Reckless Driving
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Several miscellaneous motor vehicle violations
Matthew Stanford Age: 51 Bond: $3900.00 Unsecured
Matthew Stanford
Age: 51
Bond: $3900.00 Unsecured