Police: Mother and son arrested for thefts from vehicles in Sussex County

Delaware State Police says they arrested a mother-son duo in connection with thefts from vehicles in the Selbyville, Ocean View and Millville areas.

Authorities say on Monday, around 2:15 AM, troopers responded to the 36000 block of Wood Duck Way, in the Swann Keys development, for a theft in progress. According to the report, the homeowner reported that a man wearing camouflage pants was entering a vehicle in front of their house. The man reportedly ran off when the homeowner yelled at him. While responding to Swann Keys, troopers say they then noticed a blue Ford Crown Victoria with a man, fitting description that the homeowner gave, driving slowly through the neighborhood. Authorities say that they then tried to pull over the vehicle, but the suspect continued driving through the development, before eventually stopping in the area of the community pool.

During the traffic stop, police identified the driver as 24-year-old Bradley Morton, of Bishopville, as the suspect in the theft from the vehicle, and arrested him. After further investigation, authorities learned the Bradley Morton was wanted on forgery and theft charges dating back to April 2017. According to the report, in that incident, Morton took a check from a vehicle on Grant Avenue, in Selbyville, and reportedly wrote the check to himself in the amount of $150, forging the victim's name before cashing it at a bank.

At Justice of the Peace Court #2, Bradley Morton was charged with with two counts of forgery, burglary second degree, identity theft, seven counts of theft, driving under the influence of alcohol, disregarding a police officer's signal, driving while suspended or revoked and other traffic related charges. Authorities say Bradley Morton was later turned over to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $26,200 secured bond.

DSP says that they also arrested 51-year-old Teresa L. Morton, of Bishopville, in connection with the incident. She was charged with three counts of attempted theft, three counts of criminal trespass, and conspiracy third degree. Teresa Morton was released on a $4,003 unsecured bond.

DSP are continuing to investigate more thefts in the area. Officials say more charges are upcoming for Bradley Morton.

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