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Man Arrested Twice in Three Hours for Vehicle Break-Ins at Hospital and Dover Police Department

Complaint # 50-15-37725/37751

Incident Date:  December 18th, 2015

Location:  Bayhealth Kent General Hospital and Dover Police Dept.

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


Within three and a half hours, the Dover Police Department arrested the same man for breaking into vehicles.  At approximately 7:05AM, officers responded to the parking lot for a report of a suspect (Joseph Graden-28), breaking into vehicles.  Security officers from the hospital contacted Graden, who fled on foot.  He was later found hiding in bushes on the property and taken into custody without further incident.  During the investigation, it was discovered that Graden had broken into a Ford Escape in the parking lot and left his backpack inside of the vehicle, containing his driver’s license and wallet.  Graden also damaged the exterior of the vehicle while breaking into it.  Graden was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree.  Graden was later released by Justice of the Peace Court 7 on an unsecured bond after being arraigned.

At approximately 10:36AM, shortly after being arraigned, an employee of the Dover Police Department exited the building to find Graden rummaging through his vehicle, which was parked directly in front of the station. The employee immediately notified officers in the building, who then ran to the vehicle.  Graden then fled on foot but was captured a short time later by Dover Police officers.  Graden continued to struggle with officers once captured, also throwing a bracelet he stole from the vehicle he broke into.  Once the victim and officers checked the vehicle, they discovered that Graden caused damage to the glove compartment, used a coat hanger to damage the center console lock, and ripped insulation from the back seat.  Graden attempted to steal other items inside the vehicle, including the bracelet he threw as officers contacted him.  Graden was committed to JTVCC on $2500.00 secured bond on the following charges:
-Theft Under $1500.00
-Resisting Arrest
-Criminal Mischief
-Disorderly Conduct
-Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree

Joseph Graden
Age: 28
Address: Gelden Road, Felton, DE