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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Claymont Man Arrested For Multiple Construction Site Thefts

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018


Wilmington – Delaware State Police detectives have arrested Eugene Smallwood, 50, of Claymont, in connection with multiple thefts from a Wawa construction site that took place over a two week period in January 2018.

The investigation began on January 17, 2018 when Troopers responded to the Wawa construction site located at 1702 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, for a theft of building materials. Over the course of the next twelve days, ending on January 29, Troopers investigated four additional thefts from this same location.

Over the course of the next four months, through various investigative leads and measures, detectives were able to develop a red Ford pick-up truck as a possible suspect vehicle. Further investigation linked the truck to Smallwood who was then positively identified as the suspect responsible for all five thefts, in which a total of $7,290.00 in building materials had been stolen.

Smallwood was taken in to custody on May 25, 2018 without incident and transported to Delaware State Police Troop 2 where he was charged with the following:

  • Theft Greater than $1500.00, felony (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy 2nd Degree, felony (2 counts)
  • Theft Less than $1500.00, misdemeanor (3 counts)
  • Conspiracy 3rd Degree, misdemeanor (2 counts)
  • Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree, misdemeanor (8 counts)

Smallwood was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $9,500.00 secured bail.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents are asked to contact Detective B. Harris at Troop 2 by calling 302-365-8410.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at


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