Three arrested in connection to Sussex Co. burglary spree

L to R: Mussog, Barger, Lecates

SUSSEX CO., Del. – Delaware State Police have arrested three men in connection to a recent burglary spree involving commercial businesses.

Police say between January 1st and February 6th, several burglaries and related thefts were investigated throughout the Delmar, Laurel, and Seaford area. Locations included Route 30 Auto & Truck and Clayton Homes in Laurel, Driveline Auto Sales and Sussex Scrap & Metal in Delmar, and Kroegers Salvage in Seaford. A residential burglary in Delmar was also determined to be related. In each incident, the suspects would force entry into the businesses and steal auto parts, metal, motor vehicles, heavy machinery, and other miscellaneous property. Two firearms were also stolen during the residential burglary.

Through investigative measures, police were able to identify three persons of interest in the incidents. On Saturday, a search warrant was obtained for a residence in the 11000 block of Chalfant Dr in Laurel, where all three subjects were reportedly living. A large amount of stolen property confirmed to be associated with the burglaries was located during the search.

25-year-old Dustin Mussog and 30-year-old Robert Barger Jr were at home at the time of the search and were taken into custody. The third suspect, 21-year-old Dylan Lecates, surrendered to police on Wednesday.

Mussog was charged with four counts of third degree burglary, attempted third degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, theft of motor vehicle, three counts of theft greater than $1500, theft less than $1500, attempted theft less than $1500, five counts of second degree conspiracy, and four counts of criminal mischief. He was held at SCI on $38,500 secured bail.

Barger was charged with four counts of third degree burglary, attempted third degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, theft of motor vehicle, three counts of theft greater than $1500, theft less than $1500, attempted theft less than $1500, five counts of second degree conspiracy, four counts of criminal mischief, and selling stolen property greater than $1500. He was held at SCI on $40,500 secured bail.

Lecates was charged with second degree burglary, six counts of third degree burglary, third degree attempted burglary, two counts of possession of burglar tools, two counts of theft of a firearm, six counts of theft greater than $1500, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft less than $1500, attempted theft less than $1500, six counts of criminal mischief, and eight counts of second degree conspiracy. He was held at SCI on $80,000 secured bail.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Detective L. Coleman at 302-752-3813.

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