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Victim Follows Stolen Van, Suspect Arrested

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MILTON, Del. - A Georgetown man was arrested after allegedly stealing a van. Around 3:00 AM, on Thursday, Delaware State Police say they received a call from a man, who told them that his work van had been stolen. The man then reportedly went on to say that he had followed the van to Harbeson Deli on the corner of Lewes-Georgetown Highway and Harbeson Road, where the suspect was filling it with gas.

State Troopers arrived on scene, and were able to take 33-year-old Robert Rust into custody with out incident. An investigation showed that Rust used a stolen credit card for the gas. The card, was reportedly stole from a woman in the next development, from where the van had been taken.

DSP says that they were already looking for Rust after they had received an earlier phone call about someone looking through cars in the Trails of Beaver Creek Development. When troopers responded to that call, they found Rust's car parked in front of a home. The car was registered to him, and they found his wallet inside, along with .025 grams of suspected heroin and other drug paraphernalia.

Rust was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft under $1,500, unlawful use of a credit card, driving while suspended or revoked, and other related offenses. He is being held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,000 bond.

Police say that they found other items in the stolen van, that did not belong to the victim, and could have been taken from vehicles in other nearby neighborhoods. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Trooper Mitchell at 302-644-5020 ext. 231 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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