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Suspect Arrested After Causing $65,000 Damage to Commercial A/C Units 8-20-18

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-27661

Date/Time:   Friday, August 17th, 2018 at 3:44AM

Location:   650 Bay Road (Bay Court Plaza), Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department arrested a 36-year-old Dover man after he caused an estimated $65,000 in damage to commercial air conditioning units in the Bay Court Plaza shopping center.  Officers responded to the area at approximately 3:44AM for a report of a burglary in progress.  Officers located Jerome Davis at the rear of the complex inside of a maroon Firebird with temporary Maryland tags.  Davis was wearing a headlamp and black gloves when he was contacted by officers and was in possession of freshly cut parts from commercial air conditioning units. Further investigation revealed that Davis accessed the roof of the complex and cut several parts off of the units, likely to be sold or taken to a scrap/recycling facility.  The value of the items stolen was estimated to be $13,000 with another $65,000 in damages to the rooftop air conditioning units.  

Davis was committed to JTVCC in default of $2,850 bond on the following charges:
-Theft $1500.00 or Greater
-Possession of Burglary Tools
-Criminal Mischief Over $1500.00
-Trespass 2nd Degree

Jerome Davis