Burglar Apprehended after Attempting to Flee : Sean Bennett

New Castle County Police Department

Colonel W. Scott McLaren Chief of Police
Corporal John Weglarz Sr. Media Coordinator’s Office
(302) 395-8005 Mobile phone (302) 540-7560

September 2, 2012  
Burglar Apprehended after Attempting to Flee 

New Castle County Police have arrested Sean Bennett, a 22 year old male who resides in the 600 block of Armstrong Avenue in Wilmington, DE. He has been charged with multiple burglaries and related offenses after he broke into a home in the community of Roselle on Friday morning and was later caught by a Deputy State Fire Marshall as he attempted to flee from police. Investigators later discovered that he was responsible for several other burglaries within New Castle County.
(Wilmington, DE) On Friday (08/31) morning at 10:13 a.m., County Police responded to the 2700 block of Orchard Avenue for a reported burglary that just occurred. Police learned that an alert citizen had noticed a suspicious subject, described as a white male approximately 5’10” tall with light brown hair and a thin beard who was wearing black jeans, a gray sleeveless T-shirt and a black baseball cap, walking slowly within the neighborhood and continued as he went into the driveway of a home in the area. A short time later, a house alarm was activated and the subject, later identified as Sean Bennett, was seen running onto Woodward Avenue toward Route 141 and then enters the woodlands of Woodland Park. 

Police immediately set up a perimeter and assisting officers converged on the area. A short time later, Corporal Steven Donahue and his canine partner “Monty” arrived and during a track, Monty was able to locate a gray sleeveless T-shirt in the woods that was consistent with the one the subject was seen wearing. The track continued to the area of Faulkland Heights and during that time, a Deputy State Fire Marshall who was in area, located a subject who matched the suspect description, at the intersection of Allister Drive and Centerville Road. Bennett was then apprehended without further incident and a short time later, was positively identified as the subject who fled from the 41 year old victim’s residence. 

During the investigation, police discovered the rear door and a window of the victim’s residence open and learned no property was taken from the home. Investigators were later able to confirm Bennett’s involvement in the crime and were also able to confirm that he had burglarized four other homes and entered five vehicles within the communities of Brookland Terrace and Woodland Heights last month. Bennett stole an undisclosed amount of cash, electronics, jewelry, and a firearm from those locations. 

Sean Bennett was charged with the following crimes:
  • Attempted Theft
  • Burglary in the Second Degree (Five Counts)
  • Criminal Mischief (Three Counts)
  • Felony Theft (Three Counts)
  • Theft (Two Counts)
  • Theft of a Firearm

    Sean Bennett 
    He was arraigned and committed to the Howard
    Young Correctional Institute after failing to post $40,000 cash bail. 

    County Police would like to remind New Castle County citizens to please lock their cars and homes when not at home and particularly at nighttime.

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