LEWES, Del. - Police say that a Rehoboth man was arrested early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop by Lewes Police uncovered the theft of a car.
Around 12:17 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Lewes Police officers stopped a Chrysler 300 just south of Atlantic Avenue on Kings Highway. The traffic stop was performed after a computer check into the registration reportedly showed that the tag displayed was not on the correct car.
The registered owner of the car allegedly told police that the vehicle should be parked at Below Book Auto Sales on Savannah Road, for repairs. At that point, police say that 19-year-old James Mulholland and a 16-year-old passenger were arrested until troopers could arrive to continue their investigation.
A search of the vehicle reportedly found two hand held Motorola radios, 13 Fuelman gas cards, and two sets of keys which were later identified to belong to the Cape Henlopen High School.
Investigators say that they learned that Mulholland had gone to Below Book Auto Sales around 1:30 a.m. last Sunday and found the Chrysler 300 parked in the parking lot with the keys still inside. He then reportedly drove the vehicle to the Weis Markets across the street where he picked up the 16-year-old friend.
Later that day, police say that the two were at Cape Henlopen High School playing basketball when they saw a custodian at the maintenance building. Police say that the two began talking to the custodian and without him knowing, Mulholland took two radios and two sets of keys.
That same evening, Mulholland reportedly went back to the school alone and went into the parking lot where the busses are parked. Police say Mulholland then went into numerous busses and took 13 Fuelman gas cards.
Mulholland was charged by state police with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft under $1500, and two counts of criminal trespass. He was arraigned at JP3 and released on $3,000 unsecured bond.
Lewes Police also charged Mulholland with receive or transfer a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property and fictitious registration.
These charges levied a $2,000 unsecured bond. Police say that the 16-year-old was not charged with any crimes.