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.

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