Clayton man charged in connection to multiple burglaries

SMYRNA, Del. – Delaware State Police charged a Clayton man late last week in connection to multiple burglaries.

At around 6 a.m. Thursday, troopers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Massey Church Road in Smyrna for a report of a burglary in progress. On arrival, contact was made with the caller/resident, who was detaining the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Vincent Zimath. It was then learned that when the property owner got into his vehicle to go to work, he noticed it had been ransacked and that there were items missing. He also noticed that someone had gone into his detached garage and stolen additional property.

When the property owner went back inside to call 911 he heard his dogs barking in the backyard, and found Zimath wearing all dark clothing and a ski mask, with a large bag in his possession. The resident detained Zimath and discovered that the bag contained an assortment of stolen power tools and other property.

Further investigation revealed that Zimath had broken into multiple garages, pole barns, pool houses and vehicles at five separate residences along a two block stretch of Massey Church Road. Items taken from the various places included power tools, hand tools, electronics, and other miscellaneous property.

Zimath was arrested and charged with 12 counts of third degree burglary, 3 counts of theft greater than $1,500, 4 counts of theft less than $1,500, 3 counts of attempted theft less than $1,500, and 2 counts of third degree criminal trespass. He was held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $43,500 secured bail.

Police are asking anyone who believes they have information on this incident to contact Detective M. Conway at 302-365-8427 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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