Antwone Bell Jonathan Grimes
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at about 2:20 a.m., Middletown Police responded to the unit block of Lakeside Drive in the Town of Middletown for a complaint of two suspicious males. According to the reporting person, the subjects were trying car door handles attempting to enter unsecured vehicles.
Police arrived on scene and observed one subject running from the area of the driveway of Silver Lake Drive. The suspect’s vehicle, a Nissan Altima, was located and clearly visible on rear floor boards were at least three (3) GPS units with suction cups and cords, and a Sprint cell phone.
At about 6:52 a.m., Middletown Police Officers observed a subject, later identified as Antwone Bell, 25, of New Castle, walking on South Broad Street. Bell was wearing clothing that matched the description of one of the subjects who had earlier fled. Bell was detained, taken into custody and transported to the Middletown Police Department. The investigation revealed that Bell and a friend were taking property from unsecured vehicles in the developments of Cricklewood and Lakeside.
At about 7:30 a.m., the Middletown Police responded to a reported burglary on the 100 block of E. Main Street in the Town of Middletown. The homeowner reported that in the overnight hours, an unknown person(s) entered her residence through an unsecured front door and removed an Apple iPad 2 and a black Compaq Laptop computer.
After further investigation, the Middletown Police requested assistance from the New Castle County Police to conduct a property check of the residence on Aquilla Drive in New Castle, as the possible location of Bell's accomplice.
New Castle County Police made contact with the homeowner and found that Jonathan Grimes, 25, was living in a shed in the rear fenced yard of the property. When contacted at Aquilla Drive by New Castle County Police, Grimes made the unsolicited statement that he has the property that they are looking for.
The Middletown Police obtained a search warrant for the premises at Aquilla Drive, and recovered the stolen Apple iPad and the Compaq Laptop Computer. A search of Bell's vehicle located stolen GPS devices and a cell phone that had been taken earlier but not reported. A woman’s purse, that had been stolen weeks earlier from a vehicle in Newark, was also recovered. That incident had been reported to the New Castle County Police and they were able to return the property to the victim.
Grimes was arrested and charged with burglary second degree and theft. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Facility in default of $11,000 secured bail.
Bell was arrested and charged with two counts of theft, attempted theft, conspiracy, criminal trespass and loitering and was released on $2,610 unsecured bond.
The quick actions of numerous residences greatly assisted in the apprehension of these two individuals and the recovery of the stolen property. The Middletown Police Department asks that if you observe or suspect suspicious activity that you contact 911.