“Operation Golden Eye” comes to an end in Middletown

A multi-jurisdictional investigation into the pawning of stolen over the counter healthcare products by the Delaware State Police, United States Postal Service, Department of Justice, and the Middletown Police Department, has reportedly come to an end with the arrest or indictment of 23 individuals.

According to the report, the 18 month investigation, named “Operation Golden Eye”, which began in January of 2015, targeted the illegal pawn practices of the Gold Fever Pawn Shop, located on North Broad Street in Middletown. This apparently included the purchasing of stolen merchandise.

Officials say the operators of the business, identified as Shaun Reilly, 35, Kisha Reilly, 35, and Denise Toy, 62, all of New Castle, were routinely under reporting the pawning of the merchandise to the pawn regulatory agency. Shaun and Kisha Reilly, who are both apparently convicted felons, also reportedly possessed firearms regularly while they conducted their business, which they are prohibited to do by law.

On Monday, August 1, the New Castle County Grand Jury reportedly indicted a total of 23 individuals on multiple charges including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and organized retail theft.

On Tuesday, August 2, officials say search warrants were executed at the Gold Fever Pawn Shop as well as at the residence of Shaun and Kisha Reilly located on Cox Neck Road.

According to the report, as a result of the searches, the following items were seized:

  • $100,000.00 in over the counter healthcare products
  • United States Currency
  • packaging materials
  • utility trailer
  • Ruger .22 caliber LR rifle
  • Ruger 12 gauge pistol grip shotgun
  • Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle
  • Sears & Roebuck .22 caliber bolt action rifle
  • Ruger LCP .380 handgun
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield handgun
  • Taurus .380 ACP handgun
  • Savage Arms semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun
  • Camo Savage bolt action .223 rifle

Officials say that as a result of the cooperative effort of investigators from various law enforcement agencies, loss prevention personnel from Walgreens and CVS, and prosecutors from the Department of Justice, Shaun and Kisha Reilly were both arrested and charged with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, organized retail theft, criminal solicitation, and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.

According to the report, Shaun Reilly is currently incarcerated in the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of $150,000 cash bail, and Kisha Reilly was committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution also for lack of $150,000.00 cash bail.

Denise Toy was reportedly arrested and charged with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, organized retail theft, criminal solicitation, and two counts of giving a firearm to a person prohibited. She is apparently currently incarcerated at the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution for lack of $150,000.00 cash bail.

The following list of subjects have also reportedly been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and organized retail theft as a result of this investigation:

  • Kevin Dittman, 33, Smyrna, DE (also charged with racketeering)
  • Cassie Lynch, 31, Dover, DE
  • Jennifer Capossere, 38, Middletown, DE
  • James Walker, 43, Middletown, DE
  • Juls Hobbs, 23, Wilmington, DE
  • Kaitlyn Mace, 22, Clayton, DE
  • Christopher Naylor, 32, Smyrna, DE
  • Michael Payne, 35, Middletown, DE
  • Jeffery Gennusa, 23, Townsend, DE
  • Rebecca Youngheim, 22, Chestertown, MD
  • Amy Sutton, 32, Worton, MD

Officials also say arrest warrants have been obtained charging the following individuals with conspiracy to commit racketeering and organized retail theft in connection with this investigation:

  • Samantha Ralosky, 31, Townsend, DE (currently incarcerated)
  • Todd Miller, 22, Middletown, DE (currently incarcerated)
  • Danielle Francisco, 25, Middletown, DE (currently incarcerated)
  • Kyle Johnson, 21, Middletown, DE (currently incarcerated)
  • Stephen McClain, 30, Smyrna, DE (currently incarcerated)
  • Brittany Martin, 22, North East, Maryland
  • Cody Keithley, 25, North East, MD
  • Paige Hobbs, 18, Middletown, DE
  • Cody Kidwell, 25, Smyrna, DE

If anyone has any information in reference to the location of Brittany Martin, Cody Keithley, Paige Hobbs, or Cody Kidwell, they are asked to contact Detective William Harris at 302-365-8428 or Detective Christian Hevelow at 302-365-8471.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637, CRIMES, using the keyword “DSP.”

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