Two arrested in connection to Hartly residential burglary

HARTLY, Del. – Delaware State Police arrested two people on Thursday after they burglarized a Hartly residence.

At around 2 p.m., troopers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 6800 block of Westville Road. The homeowner’s daughter reported that she saw two people inside her mother’s residence, and it was learned that the homeowner had been away since November and did not give permission for anyone to be in her house.

When police arrived, they found 43-year-old Mishell Wells inside, who told police that she was the only one there. A further search of the house led police to find 47-year-old Jesse Clugston hiding in the basement. It was discovered that Wells and Clugston had stolen several items from the residence, and found that the electric meter had been damaged when Wells and Clugston altered it to create electricity to the house. They also drilled a hole into the siding to run an outside cable wire inside.

Both were subsequently taken into custody.

Wells was charged with second degree burglary, provide false statement to law enforcement to hinder investigation of a felony, second degree conspiracy, theft, theft of services, and two counts of criminal mischief. She was released on $8,000 unsecured bond.

Clugston was charged with second degree burglary, second degree conspiracy, theft, theft of services, resisting arrest, and two counts of criminal mischief. He was also released on $8,000 unsecured bond.

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