Two charged in connection to Lewes package thefts

Two people are facing multiple charges, after police say they stole packages from multiple porches, in Lewes.

Delaware State Police say on Tuesday, troopers arrested 32-year-old Derek Rice and 55-year-old Mary Murphy, both of Lewes, in connection to a theft investigation. Troopers say Rice and Murphy were identified as the suspects who stole packages from porches, in the 21000 block of Acorn Way, Oakwood Village at Lewes.

According to the report, on December 20, just before 4:30 PM, Rice and Murphy were seen running up to a front porch, removing packages, and then fleeing in a white Kia Optima.

Troopers report that Rice was found at Murphy's home, in the 22000 block of Dogwood lane, Angola by the Bay. Authorities say as they approached the home, Rice tried to leave and was then taken into custody. Rice is charged with  felony theft, tampering with physical evidence, theft, falsifying business records, hindering prosecution, conspiracy third degree, criminal mischief, and two counts of criminal trespass third degree. 

He was arraigned  at Sussex County Court of Common Pleas, and later released on $3,450 unsecured bond.

Murphy is charged with felony theft, tampering with physical evidence, theft, falsifying business records, hindering prosecution, conspiracy third degree, criminal mischief, and two counts of criminal trespass third degree. 
 

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