Mother, son arrested in probe of thefts from vehicles

SELBYVILLE – Delaware State Police arrested a mother and her son in connection with thefts from vehicles in the Selbyville, Ocean View and Millville areas.

Bradley P. Morton

Bradley P. Morton, 24, of Bishopville, MD, and his mother, 51-year-old Teresa L. Morton also of Bishopville were arrested and taken into custody Monday, July 31, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Teresa L. Morton

Troopers were dispatched at about 2:15 a.m. July 31 to the area of the 36000 block of Wood Duck Way in the Swann Keys development for a reported theft in progress.  The homeowner reported that a white male wearing camouflage pants was entering a vehicle in front of their house. When the witness yelled at the subject, he took off running, Cpl. Fournier said.

Troopers responding to Swann Keys observed a blue Ford Crown Victoria with a white male driving slowly through the neighborhood. Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the car.  The Crown Victoria failed to stop as the trooper activated the emergency equipment and continued driving through the development. It ultimately came to a stop in the area of the community pool.

Bradley Morton matched the description of the suspect rummaging through the cars and was taken into custody without further incident, Cpl. Fournier said.  As troopers searched the streets, Teresa L. Morton was observed walking alone. She was taken into custody as well.

A computer inquiry revealed Bradley Morton was wanted by Troop 4 for forgery and thefts that occurred back in April of 2017 when he is alleged to have stolen a check from a vehicle on Grant Avenue in Selbyville.  He then wrote the check out for $150 to himself and forged the victim’s name before cashing it at a bank, according to Cpl. Fournier.

Bradley was charged with two counts of forgery, burglary second degree, identity theft, seven counts of theft, driving under the influence of alcohol, disregarding a police officer’s signal, driving while suspended or revoked and other traffic related charges.  He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $26,200 secured bond.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on more thefts from vehicles in the area and more charges of burglary and thefts are forthcoming for Bradley Morton.

Teresa Morton was charged with three counts of attempted theft, three counts of criminal trespass, and conspiracy third degree.  She was arraigned and released on $4,003 unsecured bond, Cpl. Fournier said.

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