Teens nabbed for more than 20 commercial burglaries - Town of Middletown, Delaware

Teens nabbed for more than 20 commercial burglaries

Date: October 13, 2011

Teens nabbed for more than 20 commercial burglaries


                 Brian Lynch                   Andrew Warwick

   For the past 12 months, Middletown Police Department has investigated more than 20 commercial burglaries at various locations throughout town. Most of the burglaries have occurred during the overnight hours, and in several instances, the burglars were scared off due to audible alarms being activated. There have been restaurants, tobacco shops, liquor stores, concessions stands at town facilities and other businesses affected by the break-ins. The burglars have gained access to most locations by forcing open a window or door and the property taken has ranged from jewelry, cash to a 30-pack of beer.

   During this timeframe, Patrol Officers were conducting property checks of every business in town and discovered several businesses that had sustained damage to their rear doors in failed attempts to gain entry. Surveillance was conducted on several occasions but met with negative results.

   Through processing each scene and reviewing video that was available from some of the crime scenes, suspects were developed and identified. Although the suspects concealed their faces in most instances, investigators were able to get partial views of their faces and other information that led them to the suspects.

   This clearance is attributed to good evidence processing at the scene of each crime and persistence of the investigators.

   On Friday, Oct, 7, 2011, and on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, Middletown Police executed search warrants on the 100 Block of Redden Lane and the 300 Block of North Broad Street in Middletown stemming from this ongoing investigation.  

   The investigation resulted in the arrest of three subjects responsible for the burglaries, one juvenile and two adults. Subsequent to the execution of the two search warrants, police located evidence at two of the suspect’s residences and arrested three suspects, Andrew Warwick, Brian Lynch and a 16-year-old juvenile male. Warwick, Lynch and the juvenile were all charged with theft, criminal mischief, conspiracy second degree, and possession of burglar’s tools. In addition, the juvenile was charged with nine counts of burglary third degree and Warwick was charged with 13 counts of burglary third degree, possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol. Lynch was also charged with four counts of burglary third degree. 

   Warwick was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute after failing to post $5,000 secured bail. Lynch was released on $11,000 unsecured bail, while the juvenile was released on $25,000 unsecured bail. All three were ordered to have no contact with each other or the victims, and were given a nighttime curfew.