Police: Pair arrested for theft of bicycles, fleeing from troopers

1280 Sussex Bike Thefts

Frazier (left) and Hickman

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Two Delaware men are facing charges after police say they stole bicycles from Walmart and fled from troopers.

At around 4:45 a.m. Monday, a trooper conducting traffic control on John J. Williams Highway, west of Mulberry Knoll Road, observed a Dodge Ram truck traveling down the highway with a large number of bicycles in the bed of the truck and one being dragged behind. The trooper subsequently tried to stop the truck, but the driver reportedly failed to stop and continued traveling westbound before becoming disabled west of Banks Road.

When the vehicle came to a stop, 52-year-old Leon Frazier got out of the driver’s side and was taken into custody. Police located drug paraphernalia on his person, and a computer check revealed that his driver’s license was suspended. The passenger, 55-year-old Steven Hickman, was also taken into custody.

Before the pair were taken to Troop 7, troopers learned through the dispatch center that the Rehoboth Beach Walmart called and reported a theft of a large number of bicycles. Located in plain view in the truck bed were approximately $1,950 in bikes with Walmart price tags. Investigation revealed that the bikes were stolen from the outside area of Walmart shortly before the trooper saw the vehicle on John J. Williams Highway.

Frazier was charged with theft $1500 or greater, second degree conspiracy, disregarding a police officer signal, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief under $1500, driving while suspended, failure to have insurance in possession, and multiple traffic violations. He was later released on a $5,500 unsecured bond.

Hickman was charged with theft $1500 or greater, second degree conspiracy, and criminal mischief under $1500. He was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

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