North East residents indicted in Del. racketeering case
— Two Cecil County residents remained on the lam Thursday after they were indicted along with 21 other suspects in connection with a fencing operation involving owners of a pawn shop who knowingly bought thousands of dollars in stolen property, according to the Delaware State Police.
The local suspects — Cody Keithley, 25, and Brittany Martin, 22, both of North East — are wanted on arrest warrants charg-
ing each with conspiracy to commit racketeering and organized retail theft, police reported.
A New Castle County, Del., grand jury indicted Keithley, Martin and 21 other suspects on Aug. 1 at the conclusion of an 18-monthlong investigation dubbed “Operation Golden Eye,” which started in January 2015 and involved the U.S. Department of Justice, the United States Postal Service and the Middletown Police Department, in addition to DSP, police said.
The multi-agency investigation “targeted the illegal pawn practices” of the Gold Fever Pawn Shop in Middletown, police added.
The operators of that business — Shaun S. Reilly, 35; Kisha A. Reilly, 35, and Denise C. Toy, 62, all of New Castle, Del. — were routinely “under reporting” the pawning of merchandise to the pawn regulatory agency, according to police. Shaun and Kisha Reilly, who are both convicted felons, also regularly possessed firearms while they conducted their business, which they are prohibited to do by law, police reported.
On Aug. 2, a day after the grand jury had indicted the 23 suspects, including the two North East residents, investigators confiscated $100,000 in over-the-counter health care products, an unspecified sum of cash and nine guns, including a Colt AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a Ruger 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun, while executing search warrants at the pawn shop and the Reillys’ private residence, according to police.
Some of the merchandise allegedly fenced at the pawn shop had been stolen from Walgreens and CVS stores, police reported.
Investigators recently arrested the Reillys and Toy, all of whom charged with racketeering, organized retail theft, criminal solicitation and other offenses, police said. As of Thursday, each remained jailed in Delaware detention centers in lieu of $150,000 bond, police added.
As of Thursday, all 23 suspects indicted in connection with the fencing operation at the pawn shop were in custody — except for Keithley, Martin and two others, Paige Hobbs, 18, of Middletown, Del., and Cody Kidwell, 25, of Smyrna, Del., according to police.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Martin, Keithley, Hobbs, and, or, Kidwell, is asked to call DSP Det. William Harris at 302-365-8428 or DSP Det. Christian Hevelow at 302-365-8471. Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www. delaware. crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”