Wilm­ing­ton men charged in UD thefts

Newark Post - - Police Blotter - By KARIE SIM­MONS ksim­mons@ches­pub.com

The Uni­ver­sity of Delaware Po­lice Depart­ment ar­rested two men from Wilm­ing­ton last week and charged them in con­nec­tion with sev­eral re­cent thefts on cam­pus.

The de­fen­dants are iden­ti­fied as 20-year-old Laqwin K. Ste­wart and 21-year-old Mar­quis T. Clarke.

Ac­cord­ing to Capt. Ja­son Pires, three peo­ple told UDPD on July 13 that their cell­phones had been stolen while they were at the Car­pen­ter Sports Build­ing on North Col­lege Av­enue. Of­fi­cers checked sur­veil­lance cam­eras near the gym and saw two sus­pects get­ting into a ve­hi­cle im­me­di­ately af­ter the thefts oc­curred.

UDPD then used Ne­wark Po­lice sur­veil­lance cam­eras to iden­tify the sus­pects and the ve­hi­cle and ob­tain ar­rest war­rants for both Ste­wart and Clarke.

Pires said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion also linked the duo to an­other theft that oc­curred at the gym on May 22. Po­lice learned they had stolen elec­tron­ics and then sold them at a lo­cal store later that day.

On July 19, their ve­hi­cle was seen in the area of the recre­ation courts on UD’s Laird Cam­pus on David Hol­low­ell Drive off New Lon­don Road, and Pires said po­lice stopped it as it was leav­ing the area. Ste­wart and Clarke were taken into cus­tody af­ter of­fi­cers con­firmed they were the sus­pects shown on the video­tape.

While po­lice were con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Pires said two vic­tims told po­lice their back­packs were stolen while they were at the recre­ation courts that night. Items from their back­packs were lo­cated in the ve­hi­cle, along with 17 grams of mar­i­juana.

Ste­wart and Clarke were charged with seven counts of theft un­der $1,500, two counts of sell­ing stolen prop­erty un­der $1,500, theft of ser­vices un­der $1,500, third-de­gree con­spir­acy and two counts of third-de­gree tres­pass. Ste­wart was also charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana.

Af­ter they were ar­raigned, Ste­wart was re­leased on $14,000 un­se­cured bond and Clarke was re­leased on $13,000 un­se­cured bond.

“We re­mind all mem­bers of the cam­pus com­mu­nity to never leave their per­sonal prop­erty unat­tended or in pub­lic ar­eas,” Pires said. “In this case, the sus­pects were able to en­ter the Car­pen­ter Sports Build­ing by closely fol­low­ing au­tho­rized users. Never al­low a stranger to en­ter a card-se­cured area with you.”

Any­one with ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Uni­ver­sity of Delaware Po­lice at 302-831-2222.

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