North East res­i­dents in­dicted in Del. rack­e­teer­ing case

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

MID­DLE­TOWN, DEL.

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.”

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