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DELAWARE STATE POLICE TROOP 2




Patrol
Captain
Melissa Hukill

In 2009 the Troop-2 Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU) was under the command of Captain John Evans and Lieutenants Peter Sawyer and Timothy Lamarche.

CIU is staffed with 67 sworn Troopers, 3 civilian auto theft technicians and an administrative assistant. CIU is responsible to support the four patrol troops (Troops 1, 2, 6, and 9), in the area of criminal investigations. CIU has the investigative responsibility for everything from quality-of-life issues that affect our citizens to any serious criminal offenses that occur in New Castle County.

CIU detectives are selected both for their skills as investigators and their motivation to solve crimes. They are assigned to specialized investigative units that concentrate on specific crimes. These units include Robbery, Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, Major Crimes, Polygraph, Youth Aid, Evidence Detection, and Drugs. In addition, CIU investigators participate full-time in two federal task forces with the U.S. Marshals and the US Attorney’s Office.

Three additional units within Troop 2 CIU are The Governor’s Task Force (GTF), the Career Criminal/Retail Theft Unit (CCU), and the School Resource Officers (SROs). GTF is a unit comprised of DSP Troopers and officers from Delaware Probation and Parole. GTF focuses on offenders who are on probation and violating conditions of their release from prison by their continued criminal activity. CCU has a similar mission; however they focus on repeat offenders who are often involved in some type of organized crime or pattern-type crime. CCU is also responsible for surveillance operations in support of the other detective squads. Twenty-one SROs are assigned full-time to specific high schools or middle schools in New Castle County. They also work closely with detectives from the Youth Aid Unit to cover over sixty additional schools in the county.

The Drug Unit and GTF work on hot spot issues to minimize street-level drug dealing and crime. Their reputation as crime fighters is well-known to the criminal element. In 2009, combined, these two units seized 3,035 grams of cocaine, 170.0 grams of crack cocaine, 24.15 grams of heroin, 148 lbs. of marijuana, and a large assortment of other drugs. In addition, they seized 28 firearms, made 937 criminal arrests, and conducted 2241 checks of probationers.

Beginning in May of 2009 the Financial Crimes Squad investigated three large scale embezzlement cases, two of which are being prosecuted federally. One case involved a book keeper who stole more than $500,000 from a local car dealership over a seven year period. In another case, a book keeper embezzled $345,000 from a local software company nearly bankrupting the business and causing the loss of jobs to several employees. A third embezzlement case involved an employee who was arrested federally for stealing $300,000 from a local entertainment business.

In June of 2009 the Major Crimes Squad investigated a Rape complaint involving a female who had been sexually active with one of her teachers while she was a student at Middletown High School. The investigation uncovered that one incident occurred at Middletown High School while several additional incidents occurred at the suspect’s residence in Kent County. Detectives worked with prosecutors in two counties and were able to secure arrest warrants for each of the incidents. The suspect was arrested and is currently awaiting trial.

In August of 2009 the Property Squad started to see a spike in burglaries where unknown suspects were smashing front glass doors of businesses, entering and removing property. The Property Squad continued to follow this trend and started to conduct surveillance in the Troop 2 area. While conducting surveillance a suspect was developed. While conducting surveillance, the property squad spotted the suspect in a stolen motor vehicle. The suspect fled but was captured after a foot pursuit and was linked to 17 burglaries.

In August of 2009 the Robbery Squad investigated a rash of pharmacy robberies. A joint investigation between the Robbery Squad, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office (MD), the New Garden Township Police Department (PA) and Newark (DE) Police resulted in the arrest of two brothers for a series of 10 pharmacy robberies in three states. The Robbery Squad apprehended the suspects at a Bear area motel and recovered a significant amount of the stolen pharmaceuticals. The brothers confessed to all of the crimes during interviews with the detectives.

In September of 2009 the Career Criminal/Retail Theft Unit began to investigate Mary Blossoms, a corner store located in the Southbridge section of Wilmington. The unit learned the business was operating as a fence and buying stolen retail property. During several weeks of surveillance on the business, CCU observed suspected boosters selling merchandise at Mary Blossoms. One of the suspected boosters was identified by the unit while under surveillance and was followed and observed committing shopliftings at various retail establishments and then bringing the merchandise directly to Mary Blossoms for re-sale. At the conclusion of the investigation CCU executed a search warrant at the business and recovered $8,850 in stolen property including large amounts of OTC medicine, assorted clothing, body lotions, electronics and drug paraphernalia. The owner of Mary Blossoms was charged with Felony Receiving Stolen Property and drug paraphernalia charges.

In 2009 The Court Liaison Unit has implemented several automated and electronic methods and mechanisms to help streamline, enhance and bring about an overall more efficient and effective experience for troopers who use the New Castle County Judicial System.

Troop 2 CIU detectives look forward to the challenges to come in 2010 and to continuing to serve the citizens and visitors of the state in an exemplary and professional manner.

 

Criminal Investigative Unit
Captain John Evans

The Troop-2 Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU) is under the command of Captain John Evans and Lieutenants Peter Sawyer and Timothy Lamarche.

CIU is staffed with 67 sworn Troopers, 3 civilian auto theft technicians and an administrative assistant. CIU is responsible to support the four patrol troops (Troops 1, 2, 6, and 9), in the area of criminal investigations. CIU has the investigative responsibility for everything from quality-of-life issues that affect our citizens to any serious criminal offenses that occur in New Castle County.

CIU detectives are selected both for their skills as investigators and their motivation to solve crimes. They are assigned to specialized investigative units that concentrate on specific crimes. These units include Robbery, Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, Major Crimes, Polygraph, Youth Aid, Evidence Detection, and Drugs. In addition, CIU investigators participate full-time in two federal task forces with the U.S. Marshals and the US Attorney’s Office.

Three additional units within Troop 2 CIU are The Governor’s Task Force (GTF), the Career Criminal/Retail Theft Unit (CCU), and the School Resource Officers (SROs). GTF is a unit comprised of DSP Troopers and officers from Delaware Probation and Parole. GTF focuses on offenders who are on probation and violating conditions of their release from prison by their continued criminal activity. CCU has a similar mission; however they focus on repeat offenders who are often involved in some type of organized crime or pattern-type crime. CCU is also responsible for surveillance operations in support of the other detective squads. Twenty-one SROs are assigned full-time to specific high schools or middle schools in New Castle County. They also work closely with detectives from the Youth Aid Unit to cover over sixty additional schools in the county.

The Drug Unit and GTF work on hot spot issues to minimize street-level drug dealing and crime. Their reputation as crime fighters is well-known to the criminal element. In 2009, combined, these two units seized 3,035 grams of cocaine, 170.0 grams of crack cocaine, 24.15 grams of heroin, 148 lbs. of marijuana, and a large assortment of other drugs. In addition, they seized 28 firearms, made 937 criminal arrests, and conducted 2241 checks of probationers.

Beginning in May of 2009 the Financial Crimes Squad investigated three large scale embezzlement cases, two of which are being prosecuted federally. One case involved a book keeper who stole more than $500,000 from a local car dealership over a seven year period. In another case, a book keeper embezzled $345,000 from a local software company nearly bankrupting the business and causing the loss of jobs to several employees. A third embezzlement case involved an employee who was arrested federally for stealing $300,000 from a local entertainment business.

In June of 2009 the Major Crimes Squad investigated a rape complaint involving a female who had been sexually active with one of her teachers while she was a student at Middletown High School. The investigation uncovered that one incident occurred at Middletown High School while several additional incidents occurred at the suspect’s residence in Kent County. Detectives worked with prosecutors in two counties and were able to secure arrest warrants for each of the incidents. The suspect was arrested and is currently awaiting trial.

In August of 2009 the Property Squad started to see a spike in burglaries where unknown suspects were smashing front glass doors of businesses, entering and removing property. The Property Squad continued to follow this trend and started to conduct surveillance in the Troop 2 area. While conducting surveillance a suspect was developed. While conducting surveillance, the property squad spotted the suspect in a stolen motor vehicle. The suspect fled but was captured after a foot pursuit and was linked to 17 burglaries.

In August of 2009 the Robbery Squad investigated a rash of pharmacy robberies. A joint investigation between the Robbery Squad, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office (MD), the New Garden Township Police Department (PA) and Newark (DE) Police resulted in the arrest of two brothers for a series of 10 pharmacy robberies in three states. The Robbery Squad apprehended the suspects at a Bear area motel and recovered a significant amount of the stolen pharmaceuticals. The brothers confessed to all of the crimes during interviews with the detectives.

In September of 2009 the Career Criminal/Retail Theft Unit began to investigate Mary Blossoms, a corner store located in the Southbridge section of Wilmington. The unit learned the business was operating as a fence and buying stolen retail property. During several weeks of surveillance on the business, CCU observed suspected boosters selling merchandise at Mary Blossoms. One of the suspected boosters was identified by the unit while under surveillance and was followed and observed committing shopliftings at various retail establishments and then bringing the merchandise directly to Mary Blossoms for re-sale. At the conclusion of the investigation CCU executed a search warrant at the business and recovered $8,850 in stolen property including large amounts of OTC medicine, assorted clothing, body lotions, electronics and drug paraphernalia. The owner of Mary Blossoms was charged with Felony Receiving Stolen Property and drug paraphernalia charges.

In 2009 The Court Liaison Unit has implemented several automated and electronic methods and mechanisms to help streamline, enhance and bring about an overall more efficient and effective experience for troopers who use the New Castle County Judicial System.

Troop 2 CIU detectives look forward to the challenges to come in 2010 and to continuing to serve the citizens and visitors of the state in an exemplary and professional manner.

- Information obtained from 2009 DSP Annual Report -

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14-Jul-2010 10:53:42 EDT
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