Three suspects arrested in late July burglary probe

GEORGETOWN – Delaware State Police report the arrests of three suspects in connection with a burglary that occurred in late July.

Matthew R. King Jr.

Mark J. Smith Jr.

The incident occurred on July 21 at a residence on Old Furnace Road. A 95-year-old woman told troopers she awoke in the middle of the night and found a person standing in the doorway to her bedroom.  As she proceeded out of her bedroom, the woman encountered a second suspect and both immediately fled.

It was discovered that the suspects entered the victim’s residence by prying open a screen porch window. The suspects removed two rifles, a set of spoons, the victim’s credit and debit cards, a jar of change, a jewelry box with assorted jewelry and her emergency medical alert transponder, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Through investigation, troopers identified the suspects as 27-year-old Ethan A. Mulford of Seaford, 27-year-old Mark J. Smith Jr. of Georgetown and 32-year-old Matthew R. King Jr. of Laurel.

Ethan A. Mulford

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Mulford turned himself at Troop 4 and was charged as follows:

  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  • Burglary First Degree
  • Possession or Control of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person

Prohibited

  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Theft of a Firearm (2 counts)
  • Theft Under $1,500 Where a Victim is 62 Years of Age or Older
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Theft By False Pretense
  • Falsifying Business Records
  • Selling Stolen Property
  • Criminal Mischief

Mulford was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $106,100 secured bond.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Smith Jr. was taken into custody at his residence on Old Furnace Road without incident.  He was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:

  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  • Burglary First Degree
  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Theft of a Firearm (2 counts)
  • Theft Under $1,500 Where a Victim is 62 Years of Age or Older
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Theft By False Pretense
  • Falsifying Business Records
  • Selling Stolen Property
  • Criminal Mischief

Smith Jr. was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $14,200 secured bond.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, King Jr. was taken into custody at his residence on Oak Street in Laurel without incident.  He was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:

  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  • Burglary First Degree
  • Possession or Control of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person

Prohibited

  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Theft of a Firearm (2 counts)
  • Theft Under $1,500 Where a Victim is 62 Years of Age or Older
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Criminal Mischief Under $1,000

King was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $103,100 cash only bond.

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