Wilmington men charged in UD thefts
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.