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Delmar/Laurel/Seaford – The Delaware State Police have arrested three men in connection with a recent burglary spree in which commercial businesses were primarily targeted.
Beginning on January 1, and continuing through February 6, 2020 Troopers investigated burglaries and related thefts that took place at locations throughout the Delmar, Laurel and Seaford area. The locations included Rt. 30 Auto & Truck and Clayton Homes in Laurel, Driveline Auto Sales and Sussex Scrap & Metal in Delmar, and Kroegers Salvage in Seaford. In addition to these commercial burglaries Troopers also investigated a residential burglary in Delmar that was determined to be related. In each incident the suspects would make forcible entry into the businesses and then make off with auto parts, metal, motor vehicles, heavy machinery and other miscellaneous property. During the lone residential burglary two firearms were among the property that was stolen.
Through various investigative leads and measures detectives were able to identify Dustin J. Mussog, 25, of Selbyville, Robert L. Barger Jr., 30, of Delmar and Dylan M. Lecates, 21, of Delmar, as persons of interest in the incidents. On February 8, 2020 a search warrant was obtained for a residence located in the 11000 block of Chalfant Dr., Laurel where it was determined that the three subjects were residing. As a result of the search warrant detectives recovered a large amount of stolen property that was confirmed to be associated with the burglaries.
Both Mussog and Barger were located on the property at the time the search warrant was executed and taken in to custody without incident. They were then transported to Troop 4 and formally charged. Lecates, who was not present at the time that Mussog and Barger were apprehended, surrendered to detectives on February 12, 2020. The three subjects were charged with the following offenses for their respective roles in the burglary spree.
Dustin J. Mussog
Mussog was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $38,500.00 secured bail.
Robert L. Barger Jr.
Barger was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $40,500.00 secured bail.
Dylan M. Lecates
Lecates was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $80,000.00 secured bail.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents are asked to contact Detective L. Coleman of the Troop 4 Criminal Investigative Unit by calling 302-752-3813.
Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com
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