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Suspect Arrested Following Friday Morning Burglaries 5-15-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-12786/91

Date/Time:  See Narrative 

Location:  See Narrative

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


The Dover Police Department arrested Brian Bower (33) after he burglarized one business and attempted another on Friday morning.  At approximately 12:54AM, officers responded to Happy 13 Liquors, located at 262 S. DuPont Highway for an alarm.  The suspect used a large rock to break a glass door.  Once inside, the suspect stole several items from inside.  This business was also burglarized on May 13th, 2020.

At approximately 2:48AM, officers responded to an alarm at the Speedway gas station, located at 31 N. DuPont Highway.  Officers discovered that this business also had the glass broken by the suspect.  A short time later, officers located Brian Bower, who was wearing the same clothing seen in the Speedway and Happy 13 Liquors burglaries.  

Bower was taken into custody but hospitalized for an evaluation shortly after.

In addition to the two previously mentioned incidents, Bower will be charged with multiple counts of Burglary and related charges from the following incidents that have occurred in recent days:

-DOT Discount Tobacco
-El Nopal Restaurant
-Happy 13 Liquors (1st incident)

Bower has been charged in four additional burglaries in 2020 by the Dover Police Department prior to this recent string of incidents:
-March 3, 2020 Press Release (3 Burglaries)
-April 21, 2020 Press Release (La Delicia)

Brian Bower


Gold Alert Cancelled for 87-Year-Old Dover Man 5-15-2020

UPDATE: The Gold Alert for Leon Battle has been cancelled after he was located and safely returned home.  


Incident/Complaint#:  50-20-12775

Date:  Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 1:30PM

Location:  Townsend Blvd., Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for Leon Battle (87) of Dover.  Battle was last seen leaving his home on Townsend Blvd. in a red 2009 Ford Escape (DE REG: DAV116).  He was wearing navy blue pants and a black and grey striped shirt.  He last spoke with a family member on the phone at approximately 1:30PM on May 14th, 2020 and stated he was on Route 301 in Maryland. Battle suffers from a condition that poses a threat to his health and safety.

If you have any information regarding Battle’s whereabouts, please call 302-736-7111 immediately.