Police: Suspects try to sell stolen tools back to owner
— Detectives have arrested a couple who allegedly stole tools from a vehicle near Elkton and then tried to sell the tools back to the owner, after the suspects posted the property for sale on Facebook, police reported.
The theft victim informed Cecil County Sheriff’s Office detectives of the meeting that he had arranged with the unwitting suspects to buy the tools, which he had seen advertised on the Facebook page and recognized as his stolen property, police said.
Those investigators, in turn, set up a stakeout near the rendezvous spot in the area of White Hall Road and Route 213 on 1 p.m. Saturday and arrested the two suspects shortly after they arrived at the meeting place, police added.
Investigators identified the suspects as Elkton-area residents Howie Quentin Jones, 20, and Taylor Storm Wheatley-Falcone, 21, who live together in the 300 block of Buttonwoods Road.
“Deputies responded to the area and observed Ms. Wheatley-Falcone and Mr. Jones walking in the area with the Milwaukee tool bag in their possession. Deputies took both subjects into custody and seized the tool bag. The victim was able to positively identify the tool bag and tools inside as the items stolen from his van,” explained Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.
The investigation started on April 18 when CCSO deputies responded to the unit block of Leedom Road in the Elkwood Estates community, after a resident there com- plained that tools had been stolen from his van, police reported.
A day later, investigators developed Jones as a suspect after they responded to a local pawn shop at the behest of management there, police said. They learned that a man identified as Jones had brought some of the stolen property into the pawn shop to sell, police added.
Then on Saturday, the victim contacted CCSO deputies to inform them of a new development, according to police.
“The theft victim stated that he was able to identify stolen property of his on a local website titled ‘Cecil County Consignment.’ The victim stated that (Wheatley-Falcone) was attempting to sell his red Milwaukee tool bag on the website. The (victim) agreed to meet Ms. Wheatley-Falcone in the area of White Hall Road and Route 213 on April 23 to complete the sale,” Holmes explained.
CCSO deputies conducted surveillance at the appointed place and time and arrested Jones and Wheatley-Falcone there, after spotting them with the stolen property, police reported.
Jones and Wheatley-Falcone are each charged with theft of property valued at less than $1,000 and rogue and vagabond, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Jones was incarcerated over the weekend in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of a $3,000 bond, but on Monday, after his bail review hearing, he was released on personal recognizance, court records show.
Wheatley-Falcone was released on Saturday after posting a $3,000 bond, according to court records.