Two Dagsboro men arrested in probe of burglaries

SUSSEX COUNTY – Delaware State Police arrested two Dagsboro men troopers say were involved in multiple burglaries of local businesses and churches over a one-month time frame.

Troopers on Friday, Dec. 8 responded to Pine Ridge Barns, located at 27171 Dagsboro Road, Millsboro, regarding a burglary that occurred overnight.

Eric Stewardson

John Calloway

Investigation revealed unknown suspects forced their way into two storage sheds and took with a golf cart, a Kubota UTV, and an air compressor, along with other tools and miscellaneous items, according to state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin.

Employees of the business checked the local vicinity for the stolen property, and located the stolen golf cart in the area of the train tracks, just north of Thorogoods Road, Dagsboro.

A male subject, later identified as Eric Stewardson, 19, of Dagsboro, who was observed with the golf cart, fled on foot when confronted by the employees.  Stewardson was followed into the development of Holiday Acres, where he was taken into custody without incident by a town of Dagsboro police officer.

Based on investigative leads and measures, detectives linked Stewardson, and a second subject, John J. Calloway, 18, also of Dagsboro, to the following burglaries, in addition to the Pine Ridge Barns incident:

  • High Tide Church, 28142 N. Nine Foot Road, Dagsboro;
  • Spirit of Excellence Ministry, 31195 Dupont Boulevard, Dagsboro;
  • The Family Butcher Shop, 27617, Dagsboro Road, Millsboro.

Stewardson and Calloway were each charged with a total of 24, felony and misdemeanor crimes, which included: five counts of Burglary 3rd degree, three counts of theft under $1,500, four counts of possession of burglar tools, five counts of criminal mischief under $1,000, five counts of conspiracy 2nd Degree and two counts of theft greater than $1,500.

Both subjects were arraigned in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas and subsequently committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $20,400 secured bond.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Detective T. Powell at Troop 4 by calling 302-752-3807. 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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