Traffic stop leads to large quantity of stolen merchandise

GEORGETOWN – A Wilmington couple faces felony charges after they were found to be in possession of a large quantity of stolen merchandise during a traffic stop.

Jaleesa Banner

Detwon Banner

Delaware State Police arrested Detwon Banner, 23, and Jaleesa Banner, 29, after a trooper observed a large quantity of assorted merchandise in the back seat of the vehicle, with ant-theft devices still attached, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:55 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, when a silver Mercury Sable was stopped for speeding on U.S 113 northbound in the area of Arrow Safety Road, Georgetown.

The driver of the vehicle, Detwon Banner, told the trooper he didn’t know where the merchandise came from. The passenger, who initially gave a bad name and was subsequently identified as Jaleesa Banner, said she also didn’t know anything about the merchandise.

A subsequent search of the vehicle produced an assortment of electronic devices and miscellaneous merchandise with anti-theft devices still intact. Total value of that merchandise was $5,537.47.

Through further investigation state police determine that the merchandise was stolen from a Walmart located in Berlin, MD, and the incident was currently being investigated by the Worcester County Sherriff’s Office.

With positive identification of the Banners, Maryland authorities were able to link them to two prior shoplifting incidents at the Berlin Walmart, in which merchandise in excess of $12,000 had been stolen, Cpl. Austin said.

Both subjects were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 4, arrested and each charged with one count each of receiving stolen property and conspiracy second degree, both felonies.

Detwon Banner was additionally charged with speeding, no valid license, no proof of insurance and no proof of registration. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $4,202 cash bail.

Jaleesa Banner, who was additionally charged with criminal impersonation, was arraigned and committed to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact TFC M. Gambale at Troop 4 by calling 856-5850.

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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