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Two Charged After Multiple Car Break-Ins In Milton

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21-year-old Dakota Baker, of Milton 21-year-old Dakota Baker, of Milton
22-year-old Jeffery Dempsey, of Millsboro 22-year-old Jeffery Dempsey, of Millsboro

MILTON, Del. - Two Sussex County men have been arrested, in connection to multiple thefts from cars in the Milton area. Delaware State Police say they started an investigation on February 11th, after receiving reports of car break-ins North of Milton. In one case, two firearms were reportedly removed from an off-duty police officer's vehicle, and another the victim's purse was apparently taken from her car, and found later in a ditch near-by.

On February 12th, Troopers say they arrested 21-year-old Dakota Baker, of Milton, for shoplifting at the Wawa on Wolfe Neck Road in Rehoboth, and during a pat-down search, the investigating Trooper found ammunition and drug paraphernalia in a pocket. That ammo was reportedly the same type used in the stolen gun from the day before. Detectives say they were able to link Baker, and his accomplice, 22-year-old Jeffery Dempsey, of Millsboro, to the theft of the firearms, along with two other car break-ins in the same area.

Baker was arrested on February 12th and charged with 2 counts of possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, shoplifting, and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was held at Sussex Correctional Institution on a cash bond. On February 17th, he was additionally charged with 6 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, 4 counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, 3 counts of 3rd degree burglary, 2 counts of theft of a firearm, 3 counts of 2nd degree conspiracy, 2 counts of theft, attempted theft, and 2 counts of criminal trespassing. He is now being held at SCI on $424,100 bond.

On February 13th, Detectives say they went to a home on North Spinnaker Lane in Milton, looking for Dempsey, but although they didn't find him, they did reportedly locate one of the stolen handguns. Police say they later arrested Dempsey at a Rehoboth McDonald's, and through interviews with the suspects, were able to locate the second handgun in a wooded area behind Colonial East development in Rehoboth.

Dempsey was incarcerated on a violation of probation, before being formally charged with 6 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, 4 counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, 3 counts of 3rd degree burglary, 2 counts of theft of a firearm, 3 counts of 2nd degree conspiracy, 2 counts of theft, attempted theft, and 2 counts of criminal trespassing, on February 17th. He is being held a SCI on $332,002 bond.

State Police say during their investigation, they learned that the suspects had gone into numerous other vehicles in the Milton area, looking for change, or personal items like wallets or purses. According to the report, in some cases nothing was taken, and no damage was done to the vehicles because they were left unlocked, and in most cases, they were parked in the victim's driveways.

The Delaware State Police offer the following tips to keep belonging safe:
· Lock your car doors and roll up you windows
· Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle
· Leave outdoor lights on in the driveway or have security lighting installed
· Report any suspicious activity

Anyone with information about these or any other incidents involving the thefts from cars, is asked to contact Det. D. Cathell at 302-856-5850 ext. 214 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Tips can also be submitted to the DSP Mobile Crime App, texting DSP to CRIMES (274637), or by visiting the TipSubmit website.

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